E466 — пищевая добавка, загуститель, эмульгатор: натрий-карбоксиметилцеллюлоза, Carboxymethyl cellulose (Е466)

Carboxymethyl cellulose is prepared from cellulose, the main polysaccharide and constituent of wood and all plant structures. Commercially prepared from wood and chemically modified. No known adverse effects but it could be produced from genetically engineered cotton plants. Known to cause cancer when ingested by test animals. Many different uses, mainly as thickening agent, but also as filler, dietary fibre, anti clumping agent and emulsifier. Similar as cellulose, but very soluble in water. Found in many different products. Carboxymethyl cellulose is very soluble, and can be fermented in the large intestine. Large concentrations can cause intestinal problems, such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. It also lowers slightly the blood cholesterol level.

Sodium carboxy methyl cellulose - thickener, emulsifier. National Cancer Institute of America states it "should be forbidden as a food additive."



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