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FAQs about Sorbitan Monostearate for Food
What is sorbitan monostearate?
Also known as Sorbitol Stearate, span 60 or synthetic wax, it is a light yellow or granular yellow synthetic emulsifier used as an emulsifier between oil and water. This is widely used in food formulation to improve the volume and texture of cakes, extend shelf life, act as a fire retardant, among other applications.
What is sorbitan monostearate in yeast?
The use of sorbitan monostearate in yeast, more specifically in instant dry yeast, is to help improve the yeast's resistance to cold water. In addition, it improves the gasifying activity when rehydrated, before being mixed with other ingredients of the dough.
What is sorbitan monostearate used for?
This ingredient (E491) has different applications in the food industry:
1. Retard the crystal transition effects of cocoa butter.
2. Improve the shine of chocolate coatings.
3. Improve the incorporation of air in the whipped cream.
4. Widely used in the production of protective waxes for fruits and vegetables.
5. Ice cream and cake stabilizer.
Is sorbitan monostearate natural?
This sorbitol derivative can be of both animal and plant origin. So it could be said that although it is synthesized in the laboratory, it is of natural origin and therefore it is biodegradable.
Is sorbitan monostearate the same as sorbitol?
No, while sorbitol is used to attract water in baked goods to keep them moist most of the time, and as a substitute for sugar, sorbitan is an ester derived from sorbitol, used as an emulsifier maintaining a fine mixture of fat and water.