Explore acacia gum and its positive impact on gut health

12 Nov 2020

French leader in natural gums Alland & Robert has researched the role Acacia gum can play in gut health, and announces it is a gut-friendly agent that helps with the digestive wellness of consumers who regularly suffer from intestinal disorders.

In recent years, the gastrointestinal (GI) system has been linked to numerous aspects of health: from digestion to weight management to immunity to chronic illnesses, and even to sleep problems or skin health. As scientists continue to explore the role played by the GI on human health, the digestive health market will continue to boom: it is expected to grow to $ 59 Billion by 2025*.

Explore acacia gum and its positive impact on gut health

Many consumers today know that a happy, healthy gut is key for overall wellbeing. There is significant demand for food, beverage and dietary supplement with digestive health advantages. Manufacturers must understand the expectations of consumers and provide safe and natural products that answer their demands. As a leading manufacturer of acacia gum, Alland & Robert decided to research to role acacia gum can play in gut health, with one objective: provide scientific data that support the use of acacia gum as a gut health agent. Alland & Robert mandated an independent study to evaluate the impact of acacia gum on consumers who suffer from intestinal disorders regularly.

Acacia gum, a prebiotic fiber for a diversity of applications

It is well-known that acacia gum is a fiber and a prebiotic. Due to its physical and functional properties, it is a good ingredient to enhance the fiber content of food products without compromising the appearance, texture, or flavor of the food product. Professor Christian Sanchez’s team has been working with Alland & Robert for many years. Based at the University of Montpellier at at the IATE* laboratory, the team comprises around 20 researchers who have been involved for over eight years in programs that lead to discoveries of new uses for acacia gum. Professor Sanchez said: « Because of its classification as a fiber and its emulsifying properties, acacia gum could, theoretically, be used in all formulated food products since it also has the advantage of being temperature stable. Think yogurts, dairy products and derivatives, as well as baked goods and, more broadly, any flour-based products ».

Study highlights that acacia gum taken daily improves intestinal discomfort and pain

The study was conducted by an independent, internationally leading company in consumer insight & sensory marketing. They recruited 240 consumers who declared they suffered from intestinal disorders regularly and in the last month such as stomach aches, bloating, flatulence, accelerated or slowed down transit. The consumers received various dosages of acacia gum to take daily for 2 months. After 60 days, 88% of consumers declared to have low intestinal pain, and over 80% perceived an improvement of their intestinal discomfort. Overall, 78% of consumers said the daily intake of acacia gum had a beneficial effect on their gut health. The study helped to highlight that acacia gum improves global digestive wellness and relieves the symptoms of intestinal discomfort. The intake of acacia gum has a beneficial effect on consumers' gut health. As such, acacia gum can be an efficient ingredient for the formulation of gut health friendly food and beverages.

The French company Alland & Robert has been manufacturing Acacia gum since 1884. Their focus on customized R&D and tailor-made customer service have led them to edit a documentation about acacia gum and gut health. It can be requested for more information at: [email protected] or on their website.

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* 2018 to 2025. https://www.fiormarkets.com/report/digestive-health-products-market-by-ingredients-dairy-products-385973.html February 20, 2020.

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