Surface-active ingredients emulsify the oil-and-water mixtures known as batters and doughs. Their activity enables proper blending of ingredients and protects against physical shocks caused by mechanical handling. These improvers also help sequester water to prevent weeping in frozen doughs, and they help form protein and starch complexes, thus softening crumb and lengthening shelf life.

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Clean considerations when choosing emulsifiers

- Lecithin becomes a popular choice while other emulsifiers may need more scrutiny.

Images from BakingTech 2017

- ASB BakingTech 2017 puts industry diversity to work to create a dynamic ‘Best Week in Baking.’

Many factors to replacing PHOs

- The base oil has the most impact on product performance.

Pantry-friendly lecithin

- When it comes to clean label, lecithin is hard to beat.

Emulsifier innovations

- Food technologists have made great advances in replacing PHOs in emulsifiers.
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