Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Polysorbate 60

Any of a class of emulsifiers used in food preparation and in some pharmaceuticals. Polysorbates are fatty acid esters.


Polysorbates are a group of emulsifiers used in food preparation and pharmaceuticals. In cosmetics polysorbates are used to solubilize essential oils into products with a water base. Derived from sorbitan and esterified with fatty acids, polysorbates are oily liquids. The number 60 following polysorbate refers to the fatty acid chemically associated with the polyoxyethylene sorbitan component of the molecule, in this case monostearate.

According to the "Journal of National Cancer Institute," the "Journal of Nutrition" and the FAO Nutrition Meetings Report Series, polysorbate 60 can cause detrimental reproductive effects, organ toxicity and cancer in high doses.



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