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E460 Cellulose

E460(i) Crystalline cellulose (avicel)
E460(ii) Cellulose powder

Cellulose is the main polysaccharide and constituent of wood and all plant structures. Commercially prepared from wood.

Function & characteristics:
Many different uses, mainly as thickening agent, but also as filler, dietary fibre, anti clumping agent and emulsfier.

Many different products.

Acceptable Daily Intake:
None determined.

Side effects:
Cellulose is non soluble, but can be fermented in the large intestine. Large concentrations can cause intestinal problems, such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. Due to this fact it can not be used in weaning foods.

Dietary restrictions:
E460 can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.

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