(Source: SaluGenecists, Inc.)
Sorbitan mono-9-octadecanoate poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl) derivatives; complex mixtures of polyoxyethylene ethers used as emulsifiers or dispersing agents in pharmaceuticals.
Polysorbate 60 is an additive used in processed food products for its emulsifying properties (ability to keep fats from separating out). Commercially produced frozen desserts, baked goods, and imitation dairy products are just some of the foods that may contain polysorbate 60. Additionally, it used as an additive in some cosmetic and personal care products. If it is included in a product, it should be noted on the list of ingredients found on the label.
Polysorbate 60 may compromise proper gastrointestinal function. Research studies have shown that it can increase intestinal membrane permeability (how much the intestinal membrane allows to pass through into the bloodstream). This may be caused by a variety of mechanisms including polysorbate 60\'s potential ability to release enzymes that damage the structure of intestinal cells.