Uses: Polysorbate 20 used as emulsifier, stabiliser in a large range of foods including chewing gum, ice cream, soft drinks. Also used in a wide range of detergents, pharmaceuticals and beauty and skin products.
These compounds (E430-E436) contain fatty acids, which are nearly always from vegetable oils; however, use of animal fat (including pork) cannot be fully ruled out.
Chemically, the origin of these compounds cannot be determined; only the producer may provide information on the origin.
PEG 20 may be irritating to mucous membranes and upper respiratory tract. Also harmful by inhalation, ingestion and cause irritation to eyes and skin.
Polysorbates or PEG’s have been linked to miscarriage and infertility.
Potentially cancer-inciting. Avoid it. Banned in Australia.
Description: Polysorbate 20, also known as PEG 20 and Polyoxyethylene Sorbitan Monolaurate, is a polyoxyethylenederivative of sorbitan monolaurate. Can cause skin allergy in some people. Also regarded as a detergent.