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E416 Karaya Gum

A natural polysaccharide, obtained from the tree Sterculia urens found in India, as well as some related trees.

Function & characteristics:
Thickening agent, stabiliser and emulsifier.

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Acceptable Daily Intake:
None specified.

Side effects:
None known in the concentrations used, although high concentrations bring about flatulence and bloating, due to fermentation by the intestinal microflora (in the same way as all indigestible polysaccharides). It has laxative properties.

Dietary restrictions:
Karaya gum can be used by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.


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