Methylcellulose is derived from wood cellulose, plant fiber. It is used as a thickener and emulsifier, anti-caking agent, as a vegetarian gelatin alternative, to add fiber content, and as a laxative.
Methylcellulose is a source of soluble fiber. Methylcellulose can be used as part of an edible film and coating, preventing bacterial growth. See: Soluble fiber.
As a source of fiber, excessive consumption as a supplement may cause rather than relieve constipation.
Ice cream, purees, cream, reduced-fat and low-fat cream, dairy-based beverages, supplement capsules, bread, powdered drinks, powdered flavoring, chips
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