Cellulose can be found in popular products ranging from crackers and ice cream to pizza sauce and barbecue sauce. What many do not realize, however, is that cellulose is actually wood pulp. Unable to be digested by humans due to the lack of necessary enzymes needed to break the ingredient down, cellulose has been deemed ‘safe for consumption’ by the FDA.
Cellulose is virgin wood pulp that has been processed and manufactured for different functions, such as its prime use throughout the food supply. Cellulose can be found in products under ingredient listings such as cellulose gum, powdered cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, and more. Shockingly, the FDA sets no limit on the amount of cellulose that can be used in food products despite the USDA limiting the use of cellulose to 3.5% in meat since fiber in meat products cannot be recognized nutritionally.
Cellulose Increasingly Popular as Cheap Filler with no Nutritional Value
Food manufacturers use cellulose as an extender, meaning it provides structure and reduces breakage. 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 even emulsion paints, among many other products.
Cellulose is also much cheaper than ‘real’ food ingredients that perform the same jobs and actually add nutritional value to the product. In fact, manufacturers are increasingly adding cellulose to their products to slash costs and fill up their products.
“As commodity prices continue to rally and the cost of imported materials impacts earnings, we expect to see increasing use of surrogate products within food items. Cellulose is certainly in higher demand and we expect this to continue,” Michael A. Yoshikami, chief investment strategist at YCMNet Advisors, told TheStreet.
In fact, some products are now removing as much as 50% of the fat from products such as cookies, biscuits, cakes, and brownies, and adding cellulose in as a filler instead.
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It is important to read food labels carefully to avoid any unwanted ingredients, but here are a number of popular products that contain cellulose — mainly to a significant degree:
Peaches & Crème Parfait
Apples & Crème Parfait
Fiber One Ready-To-Eat Muffins – Used in:
Grilled Chicken Salad, Chicken Club Salad with Crispy Chicken, Meaty Breakfast Burrito, Hearty Breakfast Bowl
Cheese, Pepper Jack, Shredded – Used in:
Chicken Fajita Pita, Southwest Chicken Salad with Grilled Chicken, Meaty Breakfast Burrito
Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Ice Cream Shake Mix
Log Cabin Syrup
Mini Funnel Cake
Mozzarella Cheese Sticks (also in Sampler Trio)
Smoothie Base: (Mango, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana)
Tortilla, Flour – Used in:
Chorizo Sausage Burrito, Steak & Egg Burrito, Meaty Breakfast Burrito
White Cheese Sauce – Used in Breakfast Bowl
MorningStar Farms Chik’n Nuggets
MorningStar Farms Chik Patties Original
MorningStar Farms Buffalo Wings Veggie Wings
Eggo Nutri-Grain Blueberry waffles
Eggo Strawberry Waffles
Eggo Blueberry Waffles
Cinnabon Pancakes Original
Cinnabon Pancakes Caramel
Cinnabon Snack Bars Original
Cinnabon Snack Bars Baked Cinnamon Apple
KFC (YUM! BRANDS)
KFC Cornbread Muffin
Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce
Lil’ Bucket Strawberry Short Cake Parfait
Lil’ Bucket Lemon Crème Parfait
Lil’ Bucket Chocolate Crème Parfait
Oreo Cookies and Crème Pie Slice
Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie Slice
Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie Slice
Wheat Thins Fiber Selects
Macaroni & Cheese Thick ‘n Creamy
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Three Cheese W/mini-shell Pasta
Fish Filet Patty
Premium Caesar Salad
Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrap
Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken
Southern Style Chicken Biscuit
Natural Swiss Cheese – Used in:
McRib, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Angus Mushroom & Swiss, Premium Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich, Premium Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich, Angus Mushroom & Swiss Snack Wrap
Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese – Used in:
Ranch Snack Wrap (Crispy and Grilled), Honey Mustard Snack Wrap (Crispy and Grilled), Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrap (Crispy and Grilled), Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken, Premium Southwest Salad with/without Crispy/Grilled Chicken, Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with/without Crispy/Grilled Chicken, McSkillet Burrito with Sausage
Sweet ‘N Sour Sauce
Shredded Parmesan Cheese – Used in:
Premium Caesar Salad with/without Crispy/Grilled Chicken
Biscuit – Used to make:
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit, Sausage Biscuit with Egg, Sausage Biscuit, Southern Style Chicken Biscuit, Big Breakfast with/without Hotcakes
Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream – Used in:
Strawberry Sundae, Hot Caramel Sundae, Hot Fudge Sundae, McFlurry with M&M’S Candies, McFlurry with OREO Cookies, Chocolate Triple Thick Shake, Strawberry Triple Thick Shake, Vanilla Triple Thick Shake
Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup, used in: Premium Roast Coffee, Espresso
Hot Cocoa Mixes: Mini Marshmallows, Rich Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Caramel
Aunt Jemima Frozen Blueberry Pancakes
Aunt Jemima Original Syrup
Aunt Jemima Lite Syrup
PIZZA HUT (YUM! BRANDS)
Parmesan Romano Cheese
Taco Bean Sauce
Shredded Cheddar (for Taco Pizza)
Breadstick Seasoning – Used to make Cheese Breadsticks)
WingStreet Bone-In (in the batter)
Meatballs (for pasta products, sandwiches)
White Pasta Sauce – Used for:
PastaBakes Marinara, PastaBakes Meatball Marinara, PastaBakes Primavera, PastaBakes Chicken Primavera
Alfredo Sauce – Used for:
PastaBakes Marinara, PastaBakes Meatball Marinara, PastaBakes Primavera, PastaBakes Chicken Primavera
Fat Free Ranch Dressing
Jimmy Dean Frozen Breakfast Bowl (Sausage & Gravy)
Jimmy Dean D-lights Turkey Sausage Breakfast Bowl
Jimmy Dean D-lights Turkey Sausage Croissant
Jimmy Dean Breakfast Entrée – Used in:
(Scrambled Eggs with Bacon/Sausage and Cheese Diced Apples & Seasoned Hash)
Ice Cream Cone
TACO BELL (YUM! BRANDS)
Caramel Apple Empanada
WEIGHT WATCHERS INTERNATIONAL
Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich
English Toffee Crunch Ice Cream Bar
Giant Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Bar
Asiago Cheese – Used in:
Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad, Asiago Ranch Chicken Club, Caesar Side Salad
Fat Free French Dressing – Used for:
Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, Baja Salad, Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad, BLT Cobb Salad
Blue Cheese Crumbles – Used in: Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, BLT Cobb Salad
Cheddar Pepper Jack Cheese Blend, Shredded
Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty (Chocolate, Vanilla)
Frosty (Chocolate and Vanilla)
Frosty Shake (Frosty-cino, Chocolate Fudge, Strawberry, Vanilla Bean)
Milk, 1% Low Fat Chocolate Milk
31 thoughts on “15 Companies Whose Products Contain ‘Wood Pulp’ Ingredient”
Thank you so much for a brilliant article! I am wondering if cellulose is listed by any other names on package labels, such as MSG being listed as hydrolyzed yeast, as well a few dozen other names.
i cant share this link : https://naturalsociety.com/15-companies-whose-pro…
am i doing it wrong ?
There are much more important issues that we need to address that are threatening our lives and life on the planet,
1-GM seeds & the food from GM and cattle grazing on GM crops.
2-Roundup herbicide that is destroying the fertility of our lands throughout North America, US & Canada.
The infertility of our dairy herds and farm animals due to that bug found by Dr. Huber.
3- The Advent of 2,4D GM Seeds by Dow Chemical which are now being introduced to replace RR GM Seeds.
4- The use of Cryolite a fluoride pesticide applied to our vegetable which we are ingesting in our foods.
5- Another pesticide that is used in farming that is causing Colony Collapse in our tame bees that are used to polinate many of our crops.
Thus much more expedient to address these critical issues that to place effort on Cellulose which is basically a harmless filler.
About these 15 companies using wood pulp.As a rule how can anyone choosing a healthy diet even consider eating any of those companies products.Its not even in my domain of consideration. Big corporate food is big ugly agri also like big ugly pharma.Its all the same evil B.S. DO NOT PARTAKE OF IT IN ANY WAY.Remember you vote your future health or illness with every purchase and every bite and meal. And ignorance is and will become increasing deadly. Cancer 1 in 3 soon to be 1 in 2. BUYER-EATER BEWARE.See HEALING CANCER FROM INSIDE OUT and DIET SAVES THEIR LIVES both on youtube.
I have some vitamins that have cellulose listed on the contents.
What always amuses me about the phrasing of the salesmen is that it is undigestable by Hu-mans.
This is true.
It just so happens to be the structural component of Yeast cell walls, so after they created the Candida epidemic they made sure that it blossomed by giving it all the raw materials it needs to build its bad self.
Is it wood pulp or is it vegetable cellulose? http://www.livestrong.com/article/473504-is-veget…
THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS ARTICLE THE FDA IS SURLY NOT THERE FOR THE GENERAL POPULATION IT APPEARS THEIR PRIME FUNCTION AND INTEREST IS TO HELP THE BIG CORPORATIONS MAKE MORE MONEY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE GENERAL POPULATION HUMAN LIFE HAS NO VALUE IN THIS LAWLESS BODY OF OUR GOVERNMENT SECTOR….
Need to live on a farm to know what your eating these days….can't even find safe water to drink!
Cellulose is not a toxin, so I would put 1000x more effort into avoiding GM foods, herbicide & pesticide & merury laden foods. Cellulose is simply a filler and probably aids companies in reducing bad fats in their products.
Lets put Dr. Frankenstein Monsanto, Dow, BASF out of business by getting GMOs labelled in California.
I am curious about the level of horror expressed at the inclusion of cellulose in foods. Cellulose is about the most natural thing you could hope to find, as it is a major component of plant cell walls (it is not “wood pulp” as described here, although wood pulp certainly contain does contain plenty of cellulose). When you eat a carrot, a bean, an apple, or any vegetable or fruit, you eat a lot of cellulose, so why the horror that it should be in various foods? Cellulose does not do human beings any harm as it’s been part of our diet since before we were human! Just because we can’t digest it, doesn’t make it dangerous or poisonous and, given that so many of us are overweight, one might think that having some non-digestible fibre in one’s food could be a good thing!
(I should add that I can certainly think of lots of reasons why one wouldn’t want to eat many of the rather nasty processed foodstuffs listed following the article … but, quite frankly, if you’re eating these, then there are lots of ingredients that you should be worrying about – any added cellulose is the least of your problems!)
After reading several different resources and if I’m understanding correctly, the point being made here is that this particular cellulose mentioned in this blog is derived from wood pulp and put through a chemical process to make cellulose such as gum. This is different than cellulose that naturally occurs in plant sources that we eat. Personally, I’m very concerned about this form of cellulose as I stumbled upon the information as someone who got worse on a medication that uses cellulose as a filler. After stopping the medication I’ve remained aflame with symptoms I don’t understand until now. I’ve been trying to pinpoint what it is in the vast array of foods I eat that is affecting me and suddenly, I stumble upon cellulose and its use in the medication I was on – then continued to study and learned it is also in most of the foods I have a bad reaction to.
Food today is so Fucked with it isn’t even funny!
Add Natural Society to that list, you hypocrite
Not all GM foods are toxic. I know they’ve made modified foods a big boogie man these days, but really, some are actually good for us and the world. Now, wood pulp…is crippling for many people. They have celiac symptoms and don’t have a clue it isn’t gluten that is causing them unbearable pain and diarrhea , but it is the cellulose hidden in the processed foods they are eating. All processed foods are killing people…clogged arteries, obesity, allergic reactions (breathing problems) and you worry about a plant being modified? At least that plant is modified to have more vitamins and nutrients as is often the case. Processed food is the true evil.
I would like to share my story with you: I have been eating on a plan that was designed to keep me away from processed foods all together, also stopped eating any complex carbohydrates. Keeping a true balance of carbs, proteins and fats, I have lost weight, feel better, no more gas or diarrhea, no more gerds. Of course I don’t consume any soda pop, only water, coffee and tea. I sleep better, have more energy just like I was in my 20’s and I am 71 !!! This eating plan also worked for my niece who was
tested for and diagnosed with celiacs. Since on this plan has no symptoms of celiacs at all, has lost weight, feels great, has more energy, aches and pains are gone. I know more people on this plan that have the same successes and it has proven to help people of all ages, men and women alike. But, we all watch what we buy, we do not eat fast food or all you can eat buffets ( those will make anyone sick), we buy the foods that the plan has on its list of foods to buy , eat at home and are loving the results!!! We buy no processed foods at all, no boxed or canned goods, primarily fresh fruits and veggies and certain meats and a measured amount of fats. It iis simple, easy to follow and I recommend it to all my face book friends and real life friends alike..
What does your meals consist of on an average day?
Work for the wood pulp companies for long?
Most of my life, I either had a grandfather, dad, or myself raising animals and vegetables knowing we were using the best means to grow the best produce.
I wouldn’t even call those items listed ‘food’ anyway. They are all junk treat foods, not things you should consume daily or even once a week.
No more US domestic parmesan cheese for me! I think I have eaten enough “wood pulp” for a lifetime. FDA: For Death Always! *