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CarboxyMethyl Cellulose Food Grade (CMC)

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Carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) is a water-soluble polymer that is derived from cellulose, which is a naturally occurring polymer found in plant cell walls. CMC is produced by chemically modifying cellulose through the addition of carboxymethyl groups, which gives it its unique properties such as high water solubility, thickening ability, and film-forming properties.

CMC is widely used in a variety of industries, including food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and textiles, as a thickener, binder, stabilizer, emulsifier, and dispersant. It is commonly found in food products such as ice cream, salad dressings, and baked goods as a thickener and emulsifier, as well as in cosmetics and personal care products such as toothpaste and shampoo as a binder and stabilizer.

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Carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) has numerous applications across various industries, some of the major applications are:

  1. Food Industry: CMC is widely used in the food industry as a thickener, binder, and stabilizer in products such as ice cream, sauces, dressings, and baked goods. It is also used as a fat replacer in low-fat and reduced-calorie foods.
  2. Pharmaceutical Industry: CMC is used in the pharmaceutical industry as a binder and disintegrant in tablets, as well as a thickener and stabilizer in suspensions and emulsions.
  3. Cosmetics Industry: CMC is used in the cosmetics industry as a thickener and emulsifier in products such as lotions, creams, and shampoos.
  4. Paper Industry: CMC is used in the paper industry as a wet-end additive to improve the paper’s strength and as a surface sizing agent to improve the paper’s printability.
  5. Textile Industry: CMC is used in the textile industry as a thickener and sizing agent for textile printing and dyeing processes.
  6. Oil Drilling Industry: CMC is used in the oil drilling industry as a fluid-loss control additive in drilling fluids.
  7. Ceramic Industry: CMC is used in the ceramic industry as a binder and rheology modifier for ceramic glazes and bodies.

Overall, CMC’s versatility and unique properties make it a widely used and essential ingredient in many products across various industries.