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Sorbitan Monostearate

Alternate Names

Span 60

Description

Sorbitan monostearate is used to keep water and oil mixed in many food preparations. It is often used with a polysorbate to increase the emulsifying capabilities of both chemicals. It is sometimes referred to as synthetic wax.

Sorbitan Monostearate - Quick Stats
Names

Span 60

Allergy Information

Uses

Anti-Foaming Agent, Emulsifier

E-Number

E491

Additional Information



Found In

Candy, ice cream, flavored milk, bakery items, cake mix, icing, whipping cream, cake mixes, puddings, whipped vegetable-oil toppings, cookie coatings, solid-state edible vegetable fat, cream substitutes, coconut spread, beverages, confectionery and as a protective covering on fruits and vegetables.

Possible Health Effects

High levels can cause liver enlargement. No single dose, during testing, was lethal in animals. Humans have been fed a daily single dose of 20 grams without any harmful side effects.

Allergy Information

Unknown

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Copyright December 15, 2012, Updated 3/12/13




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