http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/15.05/st_coolwhip.html So you like Cool Whip? What's in your food? Polysorbate 60 Polysorbates are made by polymerizing ethylene oxide (a precursor to antifreeze) with a sugar alcohol derivative. The result can be a detergent, an emulsifier, or, in the case of polysorbate 60, a major ingredient in some sexual lubricants. Sorbitan Monostearate Chemists call this stuff synthetic wax, and it's sometimes used as a hemorrhoid cream. It's one of the magical substances that keep Cool Whip from turning to liquid over time in the fridge. Yummy!