benecel™ hydroxypropyl methylcellulose

chemistry: cellulosics

Benecel™ hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) is a versatile, multifunctional food gum that helps improve cohesion, texture, and mouthfeel in food applications including bakery, both gluten-free and traditional, convenience foods, and ice cream novelties. Benecel™ HPMC performs many functions in foods, depending on type, grade, use level, and conditions. Among these functions are thermal gelation, film formation, thickening, binding, and water retention.

Ashland offers several different types of benecel HPMC:

  • hydroxypropyl methylcellulose E-types have a moderate gel temperature and texture
  • hydroxypropyl methylcellulose K-types have the highest gel temperature at around 80°C and the softest texture

For gluten-free bakery products, benecel™ HPMC helps increase volume and improve stability of the final product.  For ice cream novelties, benecel™ HPMC helps with aeration to provide stability these frozen desserts.

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