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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.
Few products, and no longer permitted as emulsifier in the EU.
Acceptable Daily Intake:
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.
462 can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.