Polysorbate 60 is a synthetically produced emulsifier and dispersing agent used to carry flavors and colors in foods.
Polysorbate 60 is considered safe and has no adverse effects reported at the levels present in food. Polysorbate 60 may aggravate propylene glycol sensitivity. In studies of rats fed polysorbate 60 as 25% of their diet for two months, persitent and severe diarrhea developed.
The fatty acids used to synthesize polysorbates may come from animal sources. If this is of concern, consumers should contact manufacturers.
Ice cream, soft drinks, cakes, puddings, desserts, confectionery
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Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate, E435