Silicone Dioxide E551 in Food Powders

What is silicone? Where do I find silicone? Based merely from my observations, it is …

1) use for sealing and fixing sliding glass windows and glass walling.
2) for breast augmentation, for girls dreaming of bigger and heavier future.
3) for sealing holes, maybe, like dripping roofs.
4) desiccant for absorbing moisture, a candy like product found in new boxes of shoes, electrical equipment and even medicine tablet bottles. Every pack has warning, “not edible, do not eat
5) the material for sealing vehicle engine gap/connections has silicone, the cheaper silicone gasket and the more expensive Threebond.
6) the numerous small marbles in bottom of laboratory desiccator glass are silica gel beads function as moisture absorbent.
7) mobile phones and other equipment protectors are mostly made of silicone rubber.
8) glass is made of sand and silicone.
9) about 25% of earth crust is silicone dioxide, silica.

10) most of the commercial edible powders have silicone, specifically silicone dioxide e551. It serve as flowing agent or anti-caking agent, prevent the sticking of powder particles with each other.

According to Livestrong.com, silicone is essential for human health. It is needed for healthy strong bones, maintaining normal blood pressure, good hair and nail growth. It might prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Present in many natural foods and usually never need supplementation. It is a trace element needed only in very little quantity. No RDA data but experts say 20-30mg consumption daily is needed.

According to wiki inhalation of silica dust might lead to silicosis, bronchitis and cancer. So exposure to powders with silicone dioxide e551 might result to stated illness.

I first noticed it in food as part of non-dairy creamer:

– glucose syrup solids
– vegetable fat
– sodium casseinate – a milk derivative
– emulsifier e471
– stabilizer e34
->> silicone dioxide e551


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One Comment

  • Found the content very interesting. Would much appreciate it if a full list of the
    various food emulsifiers could be provided. In order to know which is of animal
    origin and which is vegetarian

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