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462 Ethylcellulose

cellulose ethylether

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

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

Products:
Few products, and no longer permitted as emulsifier in the EU.

Acceptable Daily Intake:
None determined.

Side effects:
Ethylcellulose 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:
462 can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.

 

 



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