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Potential Food Applications of Sunflower Wax

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Abstract

Sunflower waxes (SW) are natural components of sunflower seeds (Helianthus annuus), contain of wax esters (C38–C54, saturated, 66 – 69 %), fatty acids (12–16 %), fatty alcohols (11 – 13 %), and hydrocarbons (6 – 7%). Waxes are removed from sunflower seed especially in the cold neutralization and winterization process during oil refining. After refining, removed waxes, a quality sing for oils, are sold as soap-stock and oily sand for really cheap prices. SW is obtained from Sunflower oil by a special winterization technology. The crude wax is refined. SW is a non-chemically treated, saturated, high melting and light colored wax. Refined SW has different size and colors. According to FDA, they are food grading vegetable oil waxes SW is usually used as an alternate for rice bran wax, carnauba wax, and candelilla wax. Researches showed that SW is, a valuable material, used in both food and non-food systems. The purpose of this study is to outline the obtaining methods and the current food applications of sunflower wax.

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