Avicel microcrystalline cellulose is a good source of dietary fiber, yet contributes no, or very little calories in food systems. Some colloidal grades provide caloric content due to the soluble hydrocolloids used during co-processing with the MCC.
MCC is virtually inert and will not interfere or interact with other nutrients added to the foods for fortification,such as vitamins and minerals. Actually, Avicel MCC is an excellent suspending agent and can provide stable suspension of even very heavy particulates like ferrous fumarate or other minerals.
Some newer grades, trademarked as Avicel-plus®microcrystalline cellulose, are uniquely co-processed with calcium to offer enhanced calcium content in nutritionally fortified foods andbeverages.
Typical Nutritional Content of Avicel Microcrystalline Cellulose (per 100 grams):