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Friday, August 12, 2016

Learn more about gum arabic thanks to Delices and Gourmandises

Gum arabic is often found in sweets and other food. To taste it, try Delices and Gourmandises delicious acacia sweets that are made with gum arabic. If you want to know more about this ingredient, this article is for you.

What is gum arabic?

This ingredient used in Delices and Gourmandises acacia candy is actually solidified sap produced by a variety of acacia. It is also called acacia gum. Some also know it as Senegal gum, although the tree from which it is extracted comes from Sudan. It is rich in potassium salts, magnesium, and calcium. It has no taste, no peculiar smell, and dissolves in water. It is sold in powder or crystals, and its color varies from yellow to brown.

What are the main uses of gum arabic?

Gum arabic has been known for millenniums and is used in many areas, to secure Egyptian mummies bandages, but nowadays to solidify textiles and make them shine. In cosmetics and pharmacy, it is used to cure certain skin conditions and to heal wounds. In building construction, it optimizes roofs impermeability. Finally, it is used to make paper gummed for labels and stamps.

Gum arabic in food

Gum arabic is a treat to chew in its home country. You can find some on Delices and Gourmandises under the name acacia candy. In the food industry, it is known as E414. It is used as an emulsifier in citrus-extracted oils tastes and support for flavorings. It is also very effective as a colloid in emulsions.


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