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Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose
(in 4,560 products)

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Functions:
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.
Scientific References:
Regulatory References:
1. EU Approved Food Additive [2018]
- E464
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) [2017]

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