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Carboxymethylcellulose? Retaining Water (in a good way) WTF - Ep. 171

Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC)

  • Low viscosity cellulose gum
  • Superior water retention properties for baking applications
  • Controls texture and ice crystal growth in frozen dairy products
  • Improves moisture retention in low calorie foods 
  • Cold/hot soluble, non-gelling
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Carboxymethyl cellulose aka CMC (e466) is actually the sodium salt of carboxymethyl cellulose. It is derived from cellulose, which is made water-soluble by a chemical reaction. The water-solubility is achieved by introducing carboxymethyl groups along the cellulose chain, which makes hydration of the molecule possible. CMC is used as a viscosity modifier or thickener, and to stabilize emulsions in various products including ice cream. CMC is known for its excellent water retaining capacity

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Dietary Attributes:
Plant-Based, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Kosher (OU), Keto-friendly
Ingredient List:
Modified Cellulose