Constipated in Australia? Grab a glass of wine!
The Australian government has recently approved the use of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose in wine, a chemical usually used for its laxative properties.
Why on earth would you want a known laxative in your wine?
Apparently, food scientists have discovered that it can be used to stabilize and thicken beverages and foods in small doses. More specifically for winemakers, it can prevent crystallization and cloudiness in white and sparkling varieties.
Since traditional methods implemented to prevent crystallization like cooling and filtration require a lot of energy, Aussie officials believe: