Cellulose gum is found in the cell walls of plants and is naturally occurring. Its primary components are glucose monomers and this gum is only slightly different in composition than starch. 

Carboxymethyl cellulose gum is a cellulose derivative and in its raw state, CMC, is often used in detergents. Naturally, CMC contains 40% salt. These salts are removed during purification and the result is pure CMC, which is used for food and personal care products, including prescription and over the counter drugs.

There are no known side effects linked to cellulose gum and it is frequently used in the cosmetic industry - most often as a thickener and stabilizer.

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