wood in food It seems for single moms feeding your family is fraught with potential dangers. There have been stories in the media recently about major chain restaurants such as Jack in the Box and Taco Bell are putting sawdust used as fiber filling in processed foods. We will be talking about this on Wednesday October 12 @ 12:30 on The Natural Healing and Natural Remedies Show. 


The sawdust aka wood cellulose from virgin wood pulps are pulverized into powder, cellulose gum and other materials. These cellulose products are considered not toxic. The FDA says it’s okay to use in food as it classifies wood cellulose as fiber. The only limit on wood cellulose fillers is 3.5% in meat. All other foods have no limits for adding wood cellulose.


For the food industry using this additive it saves up to 30% over using all other ingredients.  And usually cellulose adds to the shelf life. The food industry and cellulose manufacturers espouse the health virtues of cellulose fiber as “lower fat” and “high fiber”.

Healthy Living for Single moms looking to add fiber to their diet will find that cellulose does in fact have some health benefits replacing bleached white flour and trans-fatty processed oils. Where it is not healthy is in low or no fat dairy products made creamier. When processed food companies and major chain restaurants eliminate good fats (too expensive) substituting with cheap toxic fats it becomes dangerous.


Even though wood cellulose is not toxic it’s not food either.  A single moms enzymes cannot digest cellulose. Better options for fiber intake include legumes, whole grains, and most fresh fruits and vegetables, bulk items for beans and grains, and a reliable bakery.


Virgin wood pulp is cooked and chemically processed into a powder to separate the cellulose from the pulp. Minimal processing allows the powder to be classified as organic and can be used in USDA organic packaged foods or labeled with “containing organic ingredients.”  Look for Cellulose listed in the ingredients list. Another watch word used for wood cellulose is microcrystalline cellulose(MCC). Cellulose gel and cellulose gum are other descriptions of wood cellulose. A more technical term of carboxymethyl cellulose could appear on an ingredient list as well.

Some of the processed foods to check include Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Jimmy Dean, Kraft and Dole products. Cellulose is not going to make you sick but it’s not going to make you healthy either. Stick with fresh unprocessed foods as much as possible. Eggs no longer the enemy, check out the story