Emulsifiers, Stabilisers, Thickeners
and Gelling Agents.
A mixed ether of cellulose, prepared from cellulose by
treatment with alkali, dimethyl sulphate and ethyl chloride.
Methyl ethyl cellulose has many different uses, mainly as thickening
agent, but also as filler, dietary fibre, anti clumping agent
Used in many products including pasteurised products, ice-creams,
cheeses, dairy products, batters, baked emulsions and spreads,
breakfast cereals, and bakery goods, sterilised, pasteurised
and UHT cream, low-calorie cream and pasteurised low-fat cream.
Also used as a tobacco additive.
Methyl ethyl cellulose is not very soluble, and can be fermented
in the large intestine. Large concentrations can cause intestinal
problems, such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.