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 Is Polysorbate 80 Gluten Free

    Is Polysorbate 80 Gluten Free

    by Terry Zhai 2015-05-26

    Polysorbate 80 is a polysorbate surfactant manufactured through chemical synthesis from Sorbitol, available as lemon colored oily liqiud. It's widely used as emulsifier in food production for its a great emulsifier in foods.

    Is Polysorbate 80 gluten free?

    Yes. Polysorbate 80 is gluten free and widely used in gluten free food to provide a nonionic surfactant and emulsifier often used in foods and cosmetics to ice cream.

    Why is Polysorbate 80 gluten free?

    To answer this question, we need to clarify another question: what is gluten. Gluten is protein composite found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. (Wikipedia) First, gluten is a protein. Second, gluten is mainly found in wheat and related grains. As we mentioned before, Polysorbate 80is a polysorbate surfactant which is significantly different from protein. Raw materials used in manufacturing of Polysorbate 80 are the synthesized chemical ingredients; Polysorbate 80 barely includes gluten impurity. So, Polysorbate 80 is gluten free.

    How is Polysorbate 80 used in gluten free food?

    Polysorbate 80 is widely used in food production to provide a nonionic surfactant and emulsifier often used in foods and cosmetics to ice cream. Polysorbate 80 is usually used in processed food rather than daily recipe.

    Why should you go Gluten free?

    Celiac disease: Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that attacks the small intestine due to the presence of gluten, for which a gluten-free diet is the only medically-accepted treatment. In 2009 research showed between 0.5 and 1.0 percent of people in the US and UK are sensitive to gluten due to celiac disease. So people with Celiac disease have to stick to gluten free diet to avoid unexpected side effect caused by consumption of gluten.

    Non-celiac gluten sensitivity: Some people may be sensitive to gluten but do not have celiac disease and feel better on a diet with less gluten. However, there are no specific symptoms confirmed. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity also drives more people to gluten free diet when people believe that they feel better when eating gluten free.

    As a top supplier of food ingredients, Foodchem has been supplying gluten free Polysorbate 80 for over 10 years. Feel free to contact us if you need gluten free Polysorbate 80. Email: inquiry@foodchem.cn. Tel: +86-21-2206-3075.

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