E481 - Sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate

Lactylated sodium stearyl is a food additive derived from fat, serving as an emulsifier or stabilizer. It comes in powder form, white or cream-colored. 


Sodium Stearoyl-2-Lactylate, identified by the number E481, is a food additive used as an emulsifying agent in various food products. It belongs to the family of lactylates, which are compounds derived from lactic acid and fatty acids, primarily stearic and palmitic acids.

Properties and Characteristics:

  • Chemical Nature: It is a sodium salt of the esterification between lactic acid and fatty acids, particularly stearic acid.
  • Emulsifying Function: Due to its nature, sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate is used to stabilize mixtures that would otherwise tend to separate, such as oil-water mixtures.


Food Industry:

  • Breads and Pastries: Used in the production of bread, pastries, and other bakery products to improve texture, extend freshness, and enhance the structure of the finished product.
  • Dairy Products: Used in ice creams, flavored milks, and other dairy products to stabilize emulsion and improve texture.
  • Ready-Made Dishes: Incorporated into various ready-made dishes, such as sauces, soups, and desserts, to ensure a homogeneous consistency and better stability.

Safety and Precautions:

Sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate (E481) is considered safe for consumption according to food regulatory authorities when used in accordance with good manufacturing practices and established usage limits. As with any food additive, it is essential to follow usage guidelines and ensure it does not exceed recommended limits.

Data sheet

CAS Number
HS Code
3402 90 90
Chemical Formula
C 24 ​ H 44 ​ O 6 ​ Na 2 ​

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