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What are the side effects and benefits of the Gum Arabic!?!

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Gum arabic is an ingredient which is mostly found in candies, cakes, ice cream and soft drinks. It's a type of plant-derived fiber. To understand it better you can think of it as an edible "glue" as it is a natural binder and a thickening agent that hold ingredients together.

So where is it usually used? It helps stabilize products including:

  • Syrups
  • Dairy products like ice cream
  • A wide variety of desserts and baking ingredients
  • Ceramics and clay
  • Hard and soft candies
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • Fireworks
  • Shoe polish
  • Ink, paint, watercolors, and photography and printing materials
  • Herbal medicines, pills and lozenges
  • Cosmetics
  • Emulsions that are applied to the skin

The benefits of gum arabic

As previously mentioned, gum arabic is edible, natural, and safe for human consumption. It's non-toxic when used in moderate amount and people with sensitivities to gluten will have no issues with it as well. Gum may be indigestible to both animals and humans, but gum arabic has been considered as a safe dietary fiber since the 1970s by the United States Food and Drug Administration

Pros:

  • Enhances fullness and satiety
  • Naturally gluten-free
  • Non- GMO
  • Suitable for vegans/vegeterians
  • Feeds probiotics in the gut
  • Helps regulate cholesterol
  • Aids obesity prevention and weight loss
  • Treats IBS and constipation
  • Fights insulin resistance
  • Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
  • Helps reduce skin redness and inflammation
  • Fights gingivitis and reduces dental plaque

What are the side effects of gum arabic?

When used in large amounts gum arabic can cause digestive and other issues as well. Thus, make sure you keep your intake below the max daily dose of 30 grams per day. Don't worry, most recipes need 10 grams of it at best.

Cons:

  • Bloating
  • Flatulence/Gas
  • Early morning nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Mild diarrhea
  • Unfavorable viscous sensation in the mouth

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