Quillaja extract is a natural substance derived from the bark of the Chilean soapbark tree (Quillaja saponaria). It contains a high concentration of saponins, a type of plant compound known for its ability to create a soapy lather when mixed with water.
In protein powders, quillaja extract is sometimes used as an emulsifier or foaming agent, helping to mix ingredients together and create a smooth texture. It is particularly useful for creating foamy, creamy protein shakes that are more palatable and easier to consume.
Quillaja extract is generally considered safe when consumed in the amounts found in food and supplements.