What do Burger King, McDonalds and Taco Bell etc have in common ? They and many well known companies use cellulose, a derivative from Wood pulp in their food items . McDonalds uses cellulose in items such as its smoothie base, shredded cheese, fish fillet patty, biscuit, sausage and scrambled egg mix, syrup, ice cream, sweet ‘n’ sour sauce, barbecue sauce and honey mustard sauce. Burger King uses cellulose in onion rings , buns, tortillas, , mozzarella sticks, pancakes, tacos and more while Taco Bell uses cellulose in 9 of its items including ground beef. Cellulose is cheap, bland and white in colour. It is one of the most popular additives and is used as the following : Fiber supplement in Breads and muffins Thickener in Soups and drinks Emulsifier in sauces Shelf life extender As a glazing agent Filler in meat products Here are some more interesting facts about the usage of cellulose : a) Some popular parmesan brands in the USA add about 8.8 % of Cellulose and still sell it as 100 % cheese. b) Ice cream brands add cellulose to make their ice creams taste creamier without using cream. c) Product labels that mention “Lower fat” or “Added fiber” almost always contain cellulose in them d) Lots of bread manufacturers use Cellulose as Fibre in breads. 𝐂𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐮𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬 : •Tomato sauce, Frozen filled pasta (like ravioli) •Flavored coffee syrups •Frozen filled pasta (like ravioli) •Salad dressing •Whole wheat bread •Ice cream bars •Frozen breakfast sandwiches •Frozen diet entrées •Granola bars •Packaged cookies •Bagels •Worcestershire sauce •Breakfast cereal •Vegetarian soy-based “meats” •Salad dressings •Boxed cake mix •Veggie burgers •Hot sauce •Coffee creamers •Packaged fruit cups •Corn tortillas •Flour tortillas •Cheese spreads and dips •Frozen pizza •Sour cream •Frozen breaded fish •Dried soup mixes •Packaged cupcakes •Sorbet •Frozen pie crusts Cellulose is not toxic. It may be approved by the FDA of many countries including the USA but it is certainly not food.
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