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Q: dihydroxyacetone ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: dihydroxyacetone
Category: Science > Chemistry
Asked by: 076ezt-ga
List Price: $11.11
Posted: 16 Jan 2006 11:12 PST
Expires: 15 Feb 2006 11:12 PST
Question ID: 434069
Where can I buy the three carbons sugar DHA for a reasonable price? I
DO NOT want sunless-tanning preparations! I want it to be, at the very
least, pure enough to be safe to ingest.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 16 Jan 2006 12:32 PST
DHA is listed as approved for use in drugs and cosmetics, but not --
as far as I can see -- as a food additive.

You're not likely to find any source that will attest to DHA being
'safe to ingest'.

Any thoughts....?

Clarification of Question by 076ezt-ga on 16 Jan 2006 12:56 PST
Although it is not an FDA approved additive, it is no more toxic than
glucose, and I have read about people who had glucose-processing
problems drinking large amounts of it for years with no adverse

Clarification of Question by 076ezt-ga on 16 Jan 2006 12:58 PST
Even if they don't claim that it is safe to ingest, if they say what
the potential impurities are and the amounts, couln't you determine if
these made it unsafe?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 16 Jan 2006 13:15 PST
Perhaps...but I wouldn't presume to advise anyone else that it's safe or unsafe.

Clarification of Question by 076ezt-ga on 17 Jan 2006 10:42 PST
Ok, look. I'm not asking you to advise anyone that it is safe. I know
that it is safe from my research. Please tell me where I can get 100%
dihydroxyacetone for a decent price.

Clarification of Question by 076ezt-ga on 17 Jan 2006 10:44 PST
The Wikipedia page on dihydroxyacetone mentions someone giving it to
children for ingestion...they must have gotten it somewhere!

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 18 Jan 2006 04:07 PST
Is this the sort of supplier you had in mind:

Let me know.


Clarification of Question by 076ezt-ga on 19 Jan 2006 19:51 PST
Yes, that is perfect! Just what I needed.
Subject: Re: dihydroxyacetone
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 19 Jan 2006 20:09 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

Glad to hear that this is what you needed.  I found the site, oddly
enough, through a search on Froogle:

You'll note one other supplier listed there as well...the prices seem similar.

Best of luck with your efforts, and please be careful.

If there's anything else I can do for you on this, just let me know by
posting a Request for Clarification.

076ezt-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
You definitely put some good effort in. I had been trying for weeks
and couldn't find a thing!

Subject: Re: dihydroxyacetone
From: hfshaw-ga on 17 Jan 2006 23:03 PST
A search on CAS # 96-26-4 (the CAS number for
1,3-dihydroxy-2-Propanone, aka 1,3-dihydroxyacetone) at will result in several (6)suppliers of this
compound.  You'll need to check with them to see if what they provide
meets your purity needs.

Search results at <>
Subject: Re: dihydroxyacetone
From: 076ezt-ga on 19 Jan 2006 19:49 PST
Well, I was hoping for cheaper, but it will do - thanks!

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