Cellulose gel, also known as microcrystalline cellulose or MCC, is a food ingredient consisting of small particles of purified cellulose, the most abundant organic compound on earth. Cellulose is found in the cell walls of all plants and is typically the biggest source of insoluble fiber in fruits and vegetables. One of the most popular uses of cellulose gel is in nutritional beverages, where it simultaneously keeps nutrients and other ingredients from sticking to each other or settling at the bottom and prevents separation of protein and water.
Considered a dietary fiber in some regions, including the U.S., cellulose gel can be used in a variety of food and beverage applications, including plant-based recipes, to add fiber and reduce calorie content while maintaining a satisfying, creamy experience. Clinical trials on cellulose gel consumption have pointed to health benefits in gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health.
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