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Label Able: Methylcellulose

To save money and eat for my heart, I've been enjoying veggie burgers instead of hamburgers. While checking labels, I noticed the ingredient methylcellulose on the All-American Grilled Boca Burger.

This ingredient is derived from cellulose and used as a thickener and an emulsifier to bind ingredients together. It's what helps keep all the veggies and grains together in one compact patty. This ingredient is found in many processed foods.

Methylcellulose also has another surprising use. To find out what it is


This ingredient is a soluble fiber that comes in the form of a white powder, and when it gets wet, it forms a viscous gel. That's why it's the main ingredient in Citrucel pills, which are used to promote regularity. Don't worry — for most people, methylcellulose won't cause gas or bloating, but can help keep things moving in your digestive tract.

OMG you scared me! I thought you were going to say that it causes cellulite or something. I had a dumb moment.
emalove emalove 8 years
I'll always choose a veggie burger over a beef burger.
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
hhhmmm....didn't know that.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Good to know.
lollofit lollofit 8 years
I use methylcellulose to soften paper to use as endsheets for bookbinding.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've always known that cellulose was the part of fruits and veggies that you don't digest and moves through you, but I've always been curious about methylcellulose...thanks for clearing that up, Fit!
Halie Halie 8 years
Yeah, I was worried for a minute. Knowing the definitions and uses for ingredients like these is very useful and I like knowing about them! Thanks!
soapbox soapbox 8 years
Oh wow, you scared me for a sec. Boca burgers are a necessity in my house. I buy them in bulk and eat them for dinner a few times a week. I would have been dissapointed if that Methylcellulose (did I spell that right?) was bad for you.
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