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