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E491: Sorbitane mono stearate
Produced from sorbitol and stearic acid, a normal fatty acid from vegetable or animal origin.
Function & characteristics:
Emulsifier and stabiliser
Acceptable Daily Intake:
Up to 25 mg/kg bodyweight
It is metabolised to sorbitol and stearic acid, both are metabolised without any side effects.
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.