13 Jul '11, 1am

15 Companies That Use Wood in Food:

15 Companies That Use Wood in Food:

I remember hearing back in the day that the secret ingredient in McDonald’s milk shakes was…wood. What?! Many people chalked it off to urban myth, but as the ingredient listed as cellulose began popping up with increased frequency, myth seemed less likely. As it turns out, wood cellulose is used in everything from milk shakes to salad dressing, from muffins to pancake syrup. Food manufacturers use it to thicken and stabilize foods, replace fat and boost fiber content–as well as to reduce reliance on more expensive ingredients like oil or flour. Powdered cellulose is made by cooking virgin wood pulp in chemicals to separate the cellulose, and then purified. Modified versions go through extra processing, such as exposing them to acid to further break down the fiber. Then it’s mixed into popular foods, and unwittingly devoured by the consumer. Even organic-food products aren’...

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