Pectin is a natural food additive which is poison-free and harmless. Because of its excellent gelling, stabilizing, thickening and emulsifying properties, it has been widely used in foods, nutriments, health products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, etc. As a high quality water-soluble dietary fiber, pectin is effective in removing heavy metals, balancing blood cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, reducing glucose and insulin concentration in blood serum after meal, and slowing assimilation of carbonhydrates after meal. In cosmetics, pectin can reduce the hazards of ultraviolet irradiation.
Pectin was discovered in the nineteenth century, and has been used at home and in industry for many years.
1. The main use for Pectin is as a gelling agent, thickening agent and stabilizer in food.
2. The classical application is giving the jelly-like consistency to jams or marmalades, which would otherwise be sweet juices.
3. It is widely used in food industry, such as jams and jellies, fruit preparation, bakery jellies, confectionery, yogurt and acidified milk drinks, beverage, frozen food.
4. It is also applied in pharmaceutical and cosmetic field.