CMC, cellulose methyl ether
CMC is made of cellulose, which is the main polysaccharide and component of wood and all plant structures. Commercially prepared from wood and chemically methylated.
Functional characteristics: It
has a wide range of uses, mainly used as a thickener, but also as a filler, dietary fiber, anti-caking agent and emulsifier.
Many different products.
Acceptable daily intake:
Methyl cellulose is actually insoluble, but it can be fermented in the large intestine. High concentrations can cause intestinal problems such as bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
E461 can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.
Methyl cellulose is used to treat constipation. The effect usually occurs within three days. Oral, it is recommended to take it with enough water. Side effects may include abdominal pain. It is classified as a bulk laxative. Its role is to increase stool volume, thereby improving intestinal contraction.
The E value of food methylcellulose as a food additive is E461. E464 is hydroxypropyl cellulose, which is more soluble in water.
As a kind of gel, methyl cellulose has unique characteristics of solidifying when exposed to heat and melting when exposed to cold.
Methyl cellulose is used as some meat-like ingredients to replicate the texture of meat.