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Is polyoxyethylene vegan?

Polyoxyethylene is potentially vegan - it can be derived from plants or animals. You should ask the manufacturer for more details.

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So, what is polyoxyethylene?

Polyoxyethylene is a synthetic polymer composed of ethylene oxide units. This water-soluble ingredient is often used in the food industry as an emulsifier, surfactant, and thickener. It can be found in a variety of processed foods such as sauces, dressings, and baked goods. Polyoxyethylene helps improve the texture and stability of these products, making them smoother and more resistant to separation. Despite its widespread use, there are concerns about the potential health risks of consuming large amounts of polyoxyethylene. Some studies suggest that it may be linked to certain health issues, such as reproductive problems and cancer.

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