Polyglycerol Esters Of Fatty Acids
These compounds are fats or partial fat molecules, also termed esters, that function as emulsifiers and/or lubricants in various food applications. They are made from edible oil sources such as cottonseed, corn, soybean, palm and peanut oils, and possibly animal fat. Despite the technical name, there is no known toxicity and they are regarded as safe Extensively used in icings, toppings and cake mixes, ice cream, other desserts, bakery and pastry products, chewing gum, coffee whitener, butter and other spreads, milk powder for baby food, and imitation milk powders. It can also be used as a vehicle for a drug (dissolved or suspended), as a wetting agent, to help the wetting of a suspended powder , as a thickener. Owing to its high viscosity, it can be mixed with vegetable oils, to increase viscosity thus preventing separation. Vegetarians beware - can be of animal origin.