Hydroxypropyl cellulose:IN 463

Origin:
Hydroxypropylcellulose is prepared from cellulose, the main polysaccharide and constituent of wood and all plant structures. Commercially prepared from wood and chemically propylated.

Function & characteristics:
Many different uses, mainly as thickening agent, but also as filler, dietary fibre, anti clumping agent and emulsfier. Similar as cellulose, but better soluble in water.

Products:
many different products

Acceptable Daily Intake:
None determined.

Side effects:
Hydroxypropyl cellulose is quite soluble, and can be fermented in the large intestine. Large concentrations can cause intestinal problems, such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.

Dietary restrictions:
E463 can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.


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