Methylcellulose is an ingredient used in the food industry mainly for its properties as a stabilizing, emulsifying and thickening agent. Among the most common applications are:
· Sauces and dressings
· Ice cream and sorbets
The methylcellulose is a methylated cellulose derivative. It is an additive that is used as a gelling agent. But it has a characteristic that makes it special with respect to other gelling agents. And what is it? It gels when hot! This is unlike substances such as agar or gellan that does the reverse.
It dissolves very well in the cold and when it is heated it begins to harden, unlike the other gelling agents that we dissolve in hot and they harden on cooling.
This behavior makes it the most used in different foods such as yogurt noodles, which can be poured into a hot water bath.
There are many other derivatives of the methylcellulose. The modified methylcellulose is an innovative input in the MC industry. The idea of the modification is to increase efficiency in the production process especially in the food manufacturing.
One example of the modified MC is the hydrophobically-modified MC also known as HMMC. Here, Hydroxymethylpropylcellulose (HPMC) is a methylcellulose that has been modified by treatment with alkali and propylene oxide, which is why it is considered a synthetic modification of a natural polymer, cellulose. It is widely used as a food additive with emulsifying, thickening and stabilizing function.
Hydroxymethylpropylcellulose is a white or almost white powder, in the form of granules or fine fibers and which swells in water to form viscous colloidal solutions. The viscosity of hydroxymethylpropylcellulose is directly related to the methoxy groups it contains, the higher the concentration of these groups, the higher their viscosity.
It is modified with stearyl groups. For example, the HMMC solutions show a faster gelation than the conventional MC solutions when they are subjected to the same conditions of temperature and solutions.
Now, let’s take a look at the trends in the modified methyl cellulose market.
Modified methyl Cellulose market trends
A lot of research are ongoing in the methylcellulose market. Research it has predicted that the market Methyl cellulose will expand at a rate of growth during the years 2020-2029 forecast, driven by several factors. For example, the development of the methylcellulose market has been very crucial to the advancement of the methylcellulose market globally. Global Methyl Cellulose Market assesses business development patterns through authentic research and future outlook assessments dependent on full investigation. The Methyl Cellulose report wisely gives the market share, development, patterns and forecast for the period 2020-2029.
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Hence, we can conclude that the methylcellulose, a completely natural compound that has the peculiarity of not being absorbed by our body, has a wide range of benefits. Its use in the kitchen is limited exclusively to changing the texture of food. Methyl cellulose is a powerful gelling, thickener and emulsifier.