Permitted Emulsifier & Stabilizer (INS 471) is a food additive that include mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids which is used as a thickening, emulsifying, anti-caking and preservative agent in food products. It is manufactured from glycerin and fatty acids and usually obtained from plant oils like coconut oil, soyabean oil, palm oil, rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, olive oil or animal fats like tallow(beef fat) or lard(pig fat). It may vary from pale yellow-brown oily liquids to white, hard waxy solids. Permitted Emulsifier & Stabilizer (INS 471) may be available as flaked, powdered or in small beads.
Permitted Emulsifier & Stabilizer (INS 471) can sometimes be obtained from animal sources that are not suitable for vegetarians, vegans, or for those who are following a halal diet. It is vital to check the food packaging. A vegetarian product will have a special stamp indicating it is so.(1)
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