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Uses:  Magnesium salts of fatty acids are used in cake mixes and oven ready chips. Also used extensively in bread and wheat based bakery goods, which give the home baked taste.

Used as grease thickeners in the lubrication industry and also form the basis for soaps and used in cosmetics to give the smooth, silky feel.  

Although mainly vegetable oils are used, the use of animal fat (incl. pork) can not be excluded. Therefore vegans and religious groups may want to 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.The tests were carried out only over 2 years and are therefore not complete.

In large amounts it can interfere with intestinal function.

Banned in Australia.

Description: Magnesium salts of fatty acids, are mainly from plant origin, like cocoa butter, but a range of vegetable fats, may be used. What are fatty acids? They are mostly, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated or unsaturated fats, but these terms can be misleading. It is all down to their extraction method. (Below)

These additional acids are a mixture of stearic-, oleic-, palmitic- and myristinic acid and range in differing toxicities, depending on their extraction methods. Emulsifiers and stabilisers used in foods can upset the natural balance and can cause gastric upsets. The body metabolises the products as any other fat but because of their mixture with various types of oils and extraction methods, discretion is advised, especially in those sensitive.

Many fatty acids and their counterparts are extracted using many levels of petroleum based chemicals inc ether, hexane and tetrachloroethylene which is considered a known carcinogen.

These chemicals are harmful to the body, but they are used in the fats in bread which are labelled as fatty acids, which are considered healthy, which potentially is misleading to the general public.


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