What is Microcrystalline Cellulose?
Microcrystalline cellulose is refined wood pulp that comes in the form of a white, free-flowing powder. This inert substance is not degraded during digestion, and it does not readily absorb into the body. In large amounts, it may provide dietary bulk or cause a laxative effect. This ingredient is frequently added to specific pharmaceutical products and is added to solid dose formats like tablets. Tablets that include this ingredient are hard but dissolve quickly, and it meets current USP standards. You may also find microcrystalline cellulose in processed food products when used as an anti-caking agent, texture modifier, and stabilizer. It is generally safe when consumed in large quantities.
What is Microcrystalline Cellulose Used For?
Microcrystalline cellulose has many uses, most prominently as an inactive ingredient in pills and tablets like acetaminophen for example. It is also added to personal care products since it serves as a vehicle for active substances by adding bulk to the active ingredient. The addition of this powder allows medications to be consumed in a dosed, deliverable format. The white granular powder is compressed into tablets and breaks down easily in the digestive system. MCC is also used in food Staging and is actually one of the most popular food additives used today. It improves the texture of food without impacting the flavor. This ingredient binds and mixes easily with water and has gelling properties. As an emulsifier, it helps to suspend ingredients within a solution to prevent the water from separating out. You may also use it to add dietary fiber or find it in items like shredded cheese to help keep the pieces of cheese from sticking together.