Methyl cellulose (E 461) is frequently used as a thickener in meat alternatives to aid emulsification, cold binding, hot binding, and juiciness. Use of such food additives ads however, to the complexity of ingredients lists and resonates poorly with consumers request for natural products. But replacing methyl cellulose is challenging because its mode of action works well with texturized vegetable proteins (TVP).
However, the use of citrus fibers is a promising alternative. Matching functionality of methyl cellulose can be achieved through enzymatic enhancement of the pectin in the citrus fibers while having a more consumer friendly ingredient declaration.
Learn more about how Novoshape® can greatly improve the binding effect of citrus fibers.