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Polysorbate 80

Chemical Formula:

polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate,
(x)-sorbitan mono-9-octadecenoate poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl)


Amber colored viscous liquid


Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifying agent, often used in ice cream to prevent milk proteins from completely coating the fat droplets. This allows them to join together in chains and nets, to hold air in the mixture, and provide a firmer texture, holding its shape as the ice cream melts.

Similar compounds are polysorbate 60, polysorbate 65, etc.

polysorbate 80: InChI=1/C32H60O10/c1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-30(36)40-25-24-37-26-28(38-21-18-33)32-31(41-23-20-35)29(27-42-32)39-22-19-34/h9-10,28-29,31-35H,2-8,11-27H2,1H3/b10-9+

By Simon Quellen Field
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