E460(i) - Microcrystalline Cellulose

Microcrystalline Cellulose is a term used to refer to refined wood pulp and is used as a texture agent, anti-caking agent, fat substitute, emulsifier, extender, and filler in food production.


E460(i) - Microcrystalline Cellulose

Microcrystalline cellulose is a food additive identified by the code E460(i) according to the International Classification of Food Additives.

Code E: E460(i)

Function: Microcrystalline cellulose is used as a bulking agent, thickener, and stabilizer in the food industry. It is often used in the formulation of pharmaceutical tablets, dietary supplements, and in some food products to improve texture.

Origin: Microcrystalline cellulose is derived from cellulose, a natural substance present in the cell walls of plants. It is typically extracted from wood pulp.


  • Microcrystalline cellulose is in the form of a white powder.
  • It is insoluble in water.
  • It has the ability to bind water, which can contribute to the stability of formulations.


  • Pharmaceutical Industry: Used as an excipient in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical tablets.
  • Food Industry: Used as a thickening and texturizing agent in some food products.


  • Microcrystalline cellulose is generally considered safe when used according to appropriate usage guidelines.
  • It is poorly absorbed by the digestive system, making it commonly used as a bulking agent in tablets.

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E460(i) - Microcrystalline Cellulose

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