Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose(in 4,560 products)
1. Binder / Stabilizer - Retains the physical characteristics of food/cosmetics and ensure the mixture remains in an even state.
2. Emulsifier - Allows water and oils to remain mixed together to form an emulsion, such as in mayonnaise, ice cream, and homogenized milk
3. Gelling Agent / Thickener - Increases the viscosity by thickening the liquid to give it more texture
Hypromellose (INN), short for hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), is a semisynthetic, inert, viscoelastic polymer used as eye drops, as well as an excipient and controlled-delivery component in oral medicaments, found in a variety of commercial products.
As a food additive, hypromellose is an emulsifier, thickening and suspending agent, and an alternative to animal gelatin. It can be found in sterilized, pasteurized and UHT cream, low-calorie cream and pasteurised low-fat cream, bakery products and in reduced fat products. It has E number 464.
It is approved to use as food additive in EU.
1. EU Approved Food Additive 
2. Japan’s List of Designated Food Additives under Article 10 of the Food Sanitation Act
- Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose
3. US FDA Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) (21 CFR 182)