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Locust Bean Gum

Alternate Names

St. John's Bread, Carob Bean Gum, Gum Locust Bean

Description

Substance extracted from the seed of the carob bean tree which is native to the Mediterranean and Middle East. The FDA specifies maximum usage levels permitted in specific foods.

Locust Bean Gum - Quick Stats
Names

St. John's Bread, Carob Bean Gum, Gum Locust Bean

Allergy Information

Guar Gum

Guaiac Gum

Gum Arabic

Karaya Gum

Uses

Thickener, Stabilizer, Emulsifier

E-Number

E410

Additional Information

Locust seeds are also used as animal feed. Some studies indicate that locust bean gum may be useful as a dietary treatment of diabetes because it slows the rate of food passage from stomach into the small intestine (helps to regulates glucose levels).



Found In

ice cream, candy, cheese, infant formula, baked goods, baking mixes, beverages, gelatins, pudding, pie filling, jam, jelly

Possible Health Effects

See additional information section

Allergy Information

Unknown

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