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Pectin

Alternate Names

Pectinates, Sodium Pectinate, Ammonium Pectinate, Potassium Pectinate, Jam Sugar, Fruit Pectin

Description

Found in the cell walls of all green land plants. Fruits and vegetables have the highest pectin content. Used as a thickener and stabilizer. Produced commercially by extracting citrus peel, apple or beet pulp with hot acid. Usually found in powder form.

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Names

Pectinates, Sodium Pectinate, Ammonium Pectinate, Potassium Pectinate, Jam Sugar, Fruit Pectin

Allergy Information

Uses

Stabilizer, Thickener, Emulsifier

E-Number

E440

Additional Information

Pectin is not absorbed by the intestines and is therefore a soluble fiber. Pectin can be used as an "intestine regulator" and is used in anti-diarrhea medicine. Some claim pectin may help to prevent cancer growth and in a 2007 study, pectin was used to inhibit the growth of human prostate cancer cells.



Found In

canned fruit, jam, preserves, jelly, fruit butters, fruit jelly, marmalade, candy

Possible Health Effects

See additional information section.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

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