Locust bean gum

Locust bean gum is a food additive (E 410) that is extracted from the seeds (endosperm) of the Carob tree. Mostly it is used as a gelling agent (sometimes together with xanthan, also see mouthfeel). It is vulnerable to heat and acid.

Locust bean gum is used in food technology as thickener and stabilizing agent in meat and sausage products, dressings, soups and sweets like ice cream. It also increases the water activity (aw) of bread dough and makes bread more durable.

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