Glycerol monostearate E471 is widely used as emulsifier in food industry.
Glycerol monostearate E471 exists in white sweet-tasting flaky powder, odorless and hygroscopic. It is a glycerol ester of stearic acid. It is used as an emulsifier in food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and other industrial lines.
GMS is a food additive used as a thickening, emulsifying, anti-caking, and preservative agent; an emulsifying agent for oils, waxes, and solvents; a protective coating for hygroscopic powders; a solidifier and control release agent in pharmaceuticals; and a resin lubricant. It is also used in cosmetics and hair care products. GMS is largely used in baking preparations to add "body" to the food. It is responsible for giving ice cream and whipped cream its smooth texture. It is sometimes used as an anti-staling agent in bread.
Item GB1986-2007 E471
Appearance White to off-white waxy flakes or powder
Content of Monoglycerides(%) ≧40 40.5-48
Acid value(As KOH mg/g) ≤5.0 ≦2.5
Free glycerol (g/100g) ≤7.0 ≦6.5
Arsenic (As,mg/kg) ≤2.0 ≤2.0
Lead (Pb,mg/kg) ≤2.0 ≤2.0
Glycerol monostearate is a glycerol ester of stearic acid widely used as thickening, emulsifying, anti-caking, and preservative agent in food and beverage industries. As a emulsifying agent, Glycerol monostearate can be used in a wide variety of industries including: food production, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and various other industries.