Emulsifiers

An emulsion is a mixture of two or more liquids that are normally unmixable or unblendable. In an emulsion, one liquid is dispersed in the other. Examples of emulsions include vinaigrettes and homogenised milk.

Emulsifiers in food

Oil and water don’t mix but they do form emulsions – and these are crucial to the consistency of a number of foodstuffs. Nature is good at making emulsions, and the classic example is milk, where a complex mixture of fat droplets are suspended in an aqueous solution. Emulsifiers are the chemicals that make emulsions …

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