E466 Carboxy methyl cellulose

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Carboxy methyl cellulose



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Emulsifiers, Stabilisers, Thickeners and Gelling Agents.
Carboxy methyl cellulose is used as a viscosity modifier or thickener, and to stabilise emulsions in various products including ice cream. It is also a constituent of many non-food products, such as K-Y Jelly, toothpaste, laxatives, diet pills, water-based paints, detergents, textile sizing and various paper products. It is used primarily because it has high viscosity, is non-toxic, and is hypoallergenic.

It is used in drink flavourings, cordials, flavoured toppings, breakfast cereals, snack bars, infant formula, frozen cakes, fruit twists, fillings, bases and toppings, instant pasta and sauces, ice creams, icings, confectionery, cottage cheese and cream cheese spread. It is also used in medication, laxatives and antacids.

Large concentrations can cause intestinal problems, such as bloating, constipation and diaorrhea.