Natural food glaze is an alcohol-based solution of various types of food-grade shellac. The shellac is derived from the raw material sticklac, which is a resin scraped from the branches of trees left from when the small insect, Kerria lacca (also known as Laccifer lacca), creates a hard, waterproof cocoon.
Natural food glaze used for candy contains roughly 35% shellac, while the remaining components are volatile organic compounds that evaporate after the glaze is applied.
Natural food glaze is used by the drug and nutritional supplement industry as a coating material for tablets and capsules. It serves to improve the product’s appearance, extend shelf life and protect it from moisture, as well as provide a solid finishing film for pre-print coatings. It also serves to mask unpleasant odors and aid in the swallowing of the tablet.
The shellac coating is insoluble in stomach acid and may make the tablet difficult for the body to break down or assimilate. For this reason, it can also be used as an ingredient in time-released, sustained or delayed-action pills. The product is listed on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) inactive ingredient list.
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Pharmaceutical glaze, confectioner’s glaze, resinous glaze, confectioner’s resin
Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharmaceutical_glaze