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E 475: Polyglycerol esters of fatty acids
Combination of polyglycerol and natural fats. Normal fat consists of glycerol and fatty acids, for these products additional glycerol is coupled to the normal glycerol. The fats are mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The product generally is a mixture of different components.
Function & characteristics:
Emulsifiers and stabilisers.
Acceptable Daily Intake:
Up to 25 mg/kg bodyweight
None known. The body metabolises all components identical to natural fat.
Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Several groups, such as vegans, Muslims and Jews thus avoid these products. Only the producer can give detailed information on the origin of the fatty acids. Chemically the fatty acids from vegetable or animal origin are identical.