A chemical compound derived from cellulose. It is a hydrophilic white powder in pure form and dissolves in cold (but not hot) water, forming a clear viscous solution or gel. It is used as a thickener, stabilizer and emulsifier in various foods (ice cream, sauces, baked goods), and personal care items (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, mouthwash, liquid soap, lotions, suncare products, styling gels). It is used as a film coat and suspension aid in vitamins and supplements. It is not digestible, not toxic and not an allergen.
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