Cellulose gum (carboxymethyl cellulose) – Akucell® is a food-grade cellulose gum offered by Nouryon. Cellulose gum is an additive that is approved for use in any kind of processed food formulations and has a wide range of applications as a viscosity modifier or thickener. In food formulations, food-grade cellulose gum – Akucell® significantly enhances quality by acting as a thickener and stabilizer.
It stabilizes emulsions in products such as ice cream, yogurt, and milk. Carboxymethyl cellulose gum also controls crystallization, moisture retention, and fat uptake to give food producers the best possible composition and results for their products. Many processed food products contain Carboxymethyl Cellulose gum.
Selecting the correct ingredients is crucial to get the optimal composition for your product. It is a constituent of some popular beverages and syrups, frozen dough, salad dressing, processed cheese products, meat products, and concentrated juices.
The key functional properties of Cellulose Gum:
- water holding and reduction of syneresis
- viscosity and moisture control
- mouth feel
- high compatibility to other ingredients
Since Akucell® has high compatibility to other ingredients, it is a cost effective guar alternative in food and beverage applications. Since guar continues to be in short supply and prices are escalating, Carboxymethyl Cellulose is a viable option to replace or reduce the use of guar gum. Therefore, Nouryon and Viachem can offer you a more stable source of supply.