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Polysorbate 80

Alternate Names

Polyoxythylene Sorbitan Mono-Oleate, Tween 80

Description

An emulsifier, thickener, and humectant created by adding an oleic acid molecule to sorbitol. It is a thick liquid that is commonly used in non-dairy creamers and whipped cream to prevent oil separation and allow whiteners to dissolve.

Polysorbate 80 - Quick Stats
Names

Polyoxythylene Sorbitan Mono-Oleate, Tween 80

Allergy Information

Polysorbate 60

Polysorbate 65

Uses

Emulsifier, Thickener

E-Number

E433

Additional Information

Along with polysorbate 60, it is known to be commonly contaminated with 1,4 dioxane which is known to cause cancer in animals. Often derived from petroleum.



Found In

ice cream, sherbet, mayonnaise, salad dressing

Possible Health Effects

See Additional Information Section

Allergy Information

Unknown

Researcher Comments

Polysorbates are generally regarded as safe but there common contamination with toxic chemicals that can cause cancer bring down there BFS grade.

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