What is e412?
Stabilizer (412) known by the name guar gum, is a food additive which is white to yellowish-white, powder, extracted from guar beans that has thickening and stabilizing properties that are useful in the food industry. Guar beans are obtained from the seeds of the tree Cyamopsis, which is native to India. The beans are dehusked, hydrated, milled and then used. Its powder form is used widely in food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other industries for its thickening, emulsifying, binding and gelling functions. Its powder form is used widely in food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other industries for its thickening, emulsifying, binding and gelling functions.
What use does E412 find in food industries?
Stabilizer (412) is used in the food industry because it's soluble and able to absorb water, forming a gel that can thicken and bind products.
It is quite economical as it has almost eight times the water-thickening ability of other thickening and stabilizing agents like cornstarch or flour, hence only a small quantity is needed for producing the results.
It thickens dairy products such as milk, yogurt and pudding. It improves texture, maintains uniform viscosity and color.
Too much consumption of Stabilizer (412) causes flatulence and bloating, due to its fermentation by the intestinal bacteria.(1)
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