Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose
Food grade Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose sometimes referred to as CMC or Cellulose Gum is a derivative of cellulose. The cellulose used to manufacture CMC is a product of cotton or wood pulp. Prepared by treating cellulose with sodium hydroxide, then with sodium monochloroacetate, and finally washing to remove the excess salts, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose of various grades can be produced. This anionic liner polymer has found many uses in technical applications, as a food additive and in the pharmaceutical industry.
Noted mostly for its use in detergent systems high purity Sodium CMC (99.5% minimum), contribute in many food applications. Cellulose gum has the ability to withstand boiling, freezing and even subfreezing temperatures for a short time allowing it to be a handy addition during the processing of specialty foods. The usage of CMC as a binder, thickener, stabilizer, or for water retention lead to its wide acceptance as a direct food additive.
Appearance: White to cream powder
Solubility: Cold soluble with rapid hydration
Additional Cellulose Products: Hydroxypropyl Cellulose, Methyl Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose, Methyl Ethyl Cellulose, Microcrystalline Cellulose