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E461 Methylcellulose

CMC, cellulose methylether

Origin:
CMC is prepared from cellulose, the main polysaccharide and constituent of wood and all plant structures. Commercially prepared from wood and chemically methylated.

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

Products:
Many different products.

Acceptable Daily Intake:
None determined.

Side effects:
Methylcellulose is practically non soluble, but can be fermented in the large intestine. Large concentrations can cause intestinal problems, such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.

Dietary restrictions:
E461 can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.

 



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