Gums are one of those essential ingredients that can offer the formulator more than a single functional property, depending on the application and selection. Formulators will add gums for textural purposes, to help lend a thicker consistency to beverages or to help replace or supplement mouthfeel in low-fat applications. Gums can also help prevent individual ingredients from separating.
However, certain gums also can supply fiber. The average American eats 5 to 10 grams of fiber daily, well below the recommendation of 20 to 35 grams daily for an average adult. Fiber is found in two forms: soluble and insoluble and some gums help supply insoluble fiber in formulation. This type helps slow the digestive process to enhance feelings of satiety which can be useful in weight loss supplements.
In gluten free formulations in the nutraceutical market, the binding properties of certain gums can help take on some of the functions of gluten, improving texture and crumb structures. Gums are common additions to certain dairy products as well to help achieve a creamy texture. In addition, gums will help prevent clumping in powdered beverages to enable the end user to easily reconstitute the powder into a liquid when adding water.
Regardless of the desired function, Batory Nutra works on building close relationships with its vendor base to ensure a high-quality, wide-ranging selection of functional gums for use in your nutraceutical applications.
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