Methylcellulose is a versatile food ingredient derived from cellulose, a natural polymer found in plant cell walls. It is a modified cellulose compound obtained through chemical processes. It has gained popularity in food applications due to its unique properties and wide range of food and beverage uses.

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Methylcellulose is most commonly used as an emulsifier and thickener. It is a valuable ingredient known for its ability to inhibit the formation of ice crystals in perishable foods that require frequent refrigeration. This property helps to maintain the freshness of food for a longer period of time. Methylcellulose is used in culinary gels and foams, vegan and vegetarian products, baking products, and gluten free products.

Methylcellulose is synthesized in a laboratory setting through a process involving the heating of cellulose, a polymer composed of different glucose molecules, with a caustic solution such as sodium hydroxide. Subsequently, it is treated with methyl chloride to obtain methylcellulose.

Appearance: Tough material, tasteless, odorless.

Particle size: Variable

Solubility: Soluble in water.

Viscosity: Increases viscosity.

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