Cellulose properties

Thickener additives: Cellulose

What is cellulose?

Cellulose (E-460) is an additive classified within the thickener and gelling additives. It is also used as a filler and release agent.

Cellulose is an insoluble fiber that as such the human body cannot absorb, and that is part of the cell wall of all plants.

Cellulose for technological purposes is obtained chemically from cotton or corn.

Chemical properties of cellulose

It is an insoluble substance in both water and alcohol.

Uses of cellulose in food

chewing gums
Chewing gums may contain cellulose.

Sliced cheese, ice cream, chewing gum.

Cellulose toxicity

Its ADI is not determined and its use is allowed without a quantity limit in food products.

It is considered a harmless substance.

Other featured thickeners and gelling agents:

– Agar-agar (E-406)

– Carrageenans (E-407)

– Carob flour (E-410)

– Arabic gum (E-414)

– Pectin (E-440)

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

8 September, 2021

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