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Tragacanth Gum

Also Known As : Gond katira
Technical Name : Astragalus Gummifer


Usage Tips

  1. Tragacanth gum can be used as a dressing for salads.
  2. It can be used in sauces and mayonnaise.
  3. It can also be used as a thickening agent in ice creams.
  4. It can be used to make puddings and cake decorations.

Common names and forms

  1. Dried Gum
  2. Edible Gum (Gond)
  3. Gond
  4. Gond cup
  5. Gond Katira Crystal
  6. Gondh Gum
  7. Goond
  8. Karaya Gum (E 416)


Tragacanth Gum is a odourless, tasteless and water-soluble mixture which is derived from the sap of thorny shrub tragacanth. It can be used with the stems of the plant. It is native to Western Asia, Iraq, Iran and Middle East.

Health benefits

  • Consuming tragacanth gum in summer helps to treat heat stroke.(1)
  • It also helps to treat constipation.(1)
  • It is effective to treat sexual inadequacy or weakness in men.(1)
  • This gum has anti-aging Properties which can prevent wrinkles and fine lines.(1)
  • Tragacanth gum is beneficial for mother and baby after the birth as it helps to recover fast.(1)


Too much consumption of tragacanth gum can cause hay fever, skin rashes and abdominal pain. It may cause breathing disorders also.(2)

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