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Cellulose Gum

Also Known As : CMC, Carboxymethyl cellulose, E466


Usage Tips

  1. Cellulose gum can be used as a food additive in the form of emulsifier, gelling agent and thickener.
  2. It is used in milk drinks, ice creams, baked goods, yogurt and syrups.
  3. It can be used to form a uniform mixture and to avoid the appearance of ice crystals in food items.

Common names and forms

  1. Carboxymethyl Cellulose (E466)
  2. Carboxymethylcellulose
  3. CMC Powder
  4. Emulsifier (E466)
  5. Emulsifier (INS 466)
  6. Emulsifying & Stabilizing Agent(E-466)
  7. Emulsifying & Stabilizing Agents (INS 466)
  8. Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose
  9. Stabilizer (E466)
  10. Stabilizer (INS 466)
  11. Stabilizer 466
  12. Stabilizing Agent (INS 466)
  13. Thickener (E466)
  14. Thickener (Cellulose Gum)
  15. Thickener (INS 466)
  16. Thickener CMC E466
  17. Thickening agent 466
  18. Thickening Agent Carboxy Methyl Cellulose (INS 466)
  19. Vegetable Gum 460
  20. Vegetable Gum 466


Cellulose gum is a thickening agent used to give food a thick and creamy consistency. It is found in the cell walls of the plants.It is often used in a variety of food. It is in the form of white or slightly yellowish, almost odourless granules, powder or fine fibres.

Health benefits

  • Cellulose gum is beneficial to those who take less-fat diet as it makes them feel full.(1)
  • It can help to suppress appetite and aid weight loss.(1)

Selection Guide

Check for the "use-by" date on the packaging of Cellulose gum.


Cellulose gum may cause allergic reactions in some people.(2)

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