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Sorbitan Tristearate

sorbitan tristearate, also known as STs, is synthesized by the esterification ofsorbitan with stearic acid. lt has a molecular formula of C6oH2Os.At roomtemperature, it is in the form of a white to yellow granular solid. lt has an HLBvalue of 2.1, which is fairly lipophilic.As a food additive,sorbitan tristearatecan reduce the turbidity of vegetable oil containing high saturated fattyacids. It can also improve the fat crystal structure and stability in chocolateand margarine.In addition, it acts as an emulsifier in the cosmetic industryand as a lubricant in the textile industry.