Uses: Polyvinylpyrrolidone is used as a dispersing agent, colour stabiliser, flavours and fragrances, pharmaceuticals.
Coating for tablets; used in artificial sweeteners in low joule foods and chewing gum and used in white wine and some beers.
Also in personal care products like shampoo, toothpaste, paint and adhesives. Other names: povidone, PVP.
Carcinogenic. Avoid it. Light sensitive, hygroscopic.
Excess may cause damage to the lungs or kidneys, gas and faecal impaction.
Description: Polyvinylpyrrolidone is a plasticised synthetic polymer plastic made from formaldehyde - supposed to be inert and non-toxic. See below.