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
Sliced cheese, ice cream, chewing gum.
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)
More information on thickeners and gelling agents
8 September, 2021