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Cellulose Gum

Alternate Names

Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, CMC, Modified Cellulose, Cellulose Gel

Description

Made from plant fibers (cellulose is the main fiber of plants) including trees and cotton. It is highly water absorbent, cheap and abundant. This synthetic gum helps to improve shelf life and has a variety of uses.

Cellulose Gum - Quick Stats
Names

Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, CMC, Modified Cellulose, Cellulose Gel

Allergy Information

Uses

Stabilizer, Thickener, Bulking Agent, Emulsifier, Fiber

E-Number

E460, E461, E462, E463, E464, E465, E466, E468, E469

Additional Information

Also considered a fiber source and is used in laxatives.



Found In

ice cream, processed cheese, beverages, infant formula, cottage cheese, cream cheese, dressings, desserts, concentrated juice

Possible Health Effects

Due to the fibrous nature, may cause flatulence, diarrhea, and cramping. Is not absorbed by the body.

Allergy Information

Unknown

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