Cellulose Gel / Cellulose Gum

Questionable Keto Ingredient

What is Cellulose Gum?

Cellulose Gum, also called Cellulose Gel, is a stabilizing agent used in many foods, supplements, and pharmaceuticals. It is generally made out of wood fibers and other non-food fibrous plant matter. It is used as a thickening agent in many food products.

Keto Status?



Due to the possible side effects listed below. It has no nutritional value and has zero carbs.

Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Cellulose Gum?

A 2021 study found that long-term consumption of cellulose gum can alter levels of beneficial bacteria and nutrients in the gut. This supports previous animal study findings that suggest prolonged consumption of cellulose gum may promote chronic inflammatory conditions, including colitis, metabolic syndrome, and colon cancer.

*While this data should certainly be taken under consideration, it’s important to note that participants in the experimental group were consuming 15 grams of cellulose gum per day, which is more than the average individual would typically consume on a daily basis.  Further research is required to understand more about the impact that cellulose gum can have on humans.


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