Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate Hcl

Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate Hcl had been added to the list of preservatives allowed in cosmetic products in 2010.It is a rare cosmetic ingredient.


Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate Hcl is What

Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate is an antimicrobial food preservative. It prevents contamination and spoilage from a wide range of bacteria, yeasts and moulds.

Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate Hcl Other names   include

Lauric arginate ethyl ester

Lauramide ethyl ester


INS No. 243

Lauric arginate

Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate Hcl Description

Ethyl lauroyl arginate hydrochloride (ELAH) is a chemical compound that inhibits the growth of bacteria. It is a quaternary ammonium salt that is stable to heat and other physical stress. ELAH has been shown to be active against Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli and Enterobacter aerogenes. ELAH may also have antimicrobial activity against other organisms, such as fungi and viruses. ELAH has been shown to cause cell lysis by disrupting the membrane of cells and interfering with the synthesis of proteins required for cell division. This agent also has a sweet taste, which can be used in food products as an artificial sweetener.

Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate Hcl how doese it work

Ethyl lauroyl arginate is a synthetic chemical derived from lauric acid, L-arginine and ethanol.It is typically found as a white powder. This can present some technical difficulties in food processing because it often needs to be applied evenly and in low doses. To make it easier to work with, liquid forms can be created by dissolving it in food grade solvents such as Glycerol.It is classified as a cationic surfactant. A surfactant is basically a soap molecule where one end is attracted to fats and oils while the other end is attracted to water. The end of the molecule that is attracted to water contains a positively charged ion (a cation).As a preservative, it acts to break down the membranes in bacteria, yeast, or mould cells. Once the membranes have been broken, the cells die.

LAE  Applications may include:

  • water-based non-alcoholic beverages,
  • soups,
  • cheese products,
  • sauces and dips,
  • ketchup,
  • pie fillings, and
  • meat, poultry and fish products

Ethyl lauroyl arginate hydrochloride Health Issues and Effects

Most studies seem to conclude that, when ingested by humans, ethyl lauroyl arginate will be broken down to products of normal metabolism. As a result, it does not accumulate in the body and does not pose a long term risk.
When reviewed by the European Food Safety panel, ingestion of ethyl lauroyl arginate produced noticeable effects on the white blood cell counts of rats. Based on these results, the panel set an acceptable daily intake (ADI) level.


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