What is pectin?

Pectin - a type of polysaccharide found in the cell walls of plants, fungi and algae. It is a source of dietary fiber and has many uses in the food industry. Thanks to its fibre, it helps to repair irritated or injured mucous membranes. Pectin is used as a gelling agent, thickener and emulsifier in various food products.

Pectin is found naturally in many fruits, such as apples, citrus fruits and pears. It is a viscous substance that helps give fruit its juicy texture. When heated with sugar, it forms a gel, which is why it is used in jams and jellies. Pectin is also used as a stabilizing agent in yogurt and other dairy products, as well as in desserts such as mousses and creams.

Pectin is a soluble fiber, which means it can be easily absorbed by the body. It helps slow digestion, which can help regulate blood sugar levels. This makes pectin a popular choice for people with diabetes or other blood sugar problems. Pectin also binds to cholesterol in the digestive tract, which helps lower cholesterol levels.

In addition to its health benefits, pectin is a very versatile ingredient in the food industry. In addition to jams and jellies, pectin is used in a variety of products such as fruit juices, ice creams and even beer. As a gelling agent, it can also be used to produce vegetarian and vegan alternatives to gelatine, such as agar-agar.

In general, pectin is an extremely useful ingredient in the food industry. It not only provides health benefits, but can also be used to create a variety of food products. Whether used in jams and jellies, dairy products or vegetarian alternatives to gelatin, pectin is an extremely versatile ingredient.

A curious fact

The largest amount of pectin can be found in apples. "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

And in smaller amounts it can also be found in grapefruit, orange, quince, dates, peaches, legumes and root vegetables.

Benefits of pectin

  • prevention of atherosclerosis, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases
  • prevention of gallstone formation
  • significantly improves the prognosis of prostate cancer
  • reduces the side effects of taking antibiotics

Vertera products containing pectin

You can find pectin throughout DRR series - marine and citrus.

Sources: green.bg

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