Wood and Cotton…in our food supply?!


You might already know this but I just found it out this week…that it is permissible for the food manufacturers to actually put wood pulp in our food(and some put cotton pulp in)!

The ingredient name to look for is CELLULOSE…aka…wood pulp. It is also listed as the following:
Powdered Cellulose
Microcrystalline Cellulose
Carboxymethyl Cellulose
Cellulose Gum

How is it made? Powered cellulose is made by cooking raw plant fiber…usually wood…in various chemicals to separate the cellulose. It is then purified. The modified versions then go through an extra processing by exposing them to acid to further break down the fiber.

The FDA supposedly sets limits on the amount of cellulose in certain foods. It is unable to be digested by humans and the food manufacturers use cellulose as an extender…it provides structure and reduces breakage. It is much cheaper than “real” food ingredients that perform the same jobs and actually add nutritional value to the product. The bottom line is to slash costs and fill up the product.

Fun fact…in addition to food, cellulose is used in the creation of plastics, cleaning detergents, welding electrodes, pet litter, automotive brake pads, glue and reinforcing compounds, construction materials, roof coating, asphalt, and emulsion paint!

There are 15 Food Companies who serve you wood. Here is a basic list of the companies:

Pepsi(Aunt Jemima Pancakes, Original Syrup and Lite Syrup)

Kellogg(Morningstar Farms, Waffles, Cinnabon)

Weight Watchers Ice Cream

General Mill(Fiber One Products, Pillsbury Cake Mixes, Betty Crocker Whipped
Frosting, Duncan Hines Cake Mixes)

McDonalds(many products)

Sara Lee(Jimmy Dean Products)

Taco Bell(many products)

Jack in the Box

Kraft Foods(Wheat Thins, Macaroni and Cheese, Frozen Bagel)

Pizza Hut

Wendy’s (many items but the one that really bothers me is the Frosty!)


Dole(peaches and cream Parfait, Apples and Cream Parfait)


I may never buy grated cheese again…apparently cellulose made from wood pulp and cotton is used to coat the shredded cheese to keep it from sticking. Many salad dressings have it because it is an anticaking agent, thickening agent and also replaces fat. Meat products may “only” have 1-4% of cellulose added.

I keep repeating myself here…but we need to all be reading the labels, we need to look up any ingredients we don’t understand. I personally cannot understand that someone could morally decide to add ingredients to our food that could potentially harm us.




til next time…Eva


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