Emulsifiers, Stabilisers, Thickeners
and Gelling Agents.
Polyoxyethylene-(20)- sorbitan monostearate and its close
relatives, POLYSORBATE 65 and 80, work the same way as mono
and diglycerides, but smaller amounts are required to achieve
the same result. They help prevent baked goods from going stale,
keep dill oil dissolved in bottled dill pickles, help coffee
whiteners dissolve in coffee, and prevent oil from separating
out of artificial whipped cream.
An emulsifier and thickener found in bakery products, frozen
desserts, imitation dairy products, emulsified sauces and soups.
Other uses include products such as creams, lotions, pomades,
sunscreens, shampoos, conditioners, skin protection creams,
salves, pharmaceutical ointments, and other emulsions.
Very large quantities can cause flatulence, diarrhoea and abdominal