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Gum Acacia

natural gum

Gum Acacia

Other Name(s):

Acacia Arabica Gum; E 414; Acacia Fibre; Vachellia nilotica Fibre; Arabic Gum

Acacias are widely distributed in African grassland and lightly wooded areas from the Nile all the way down to the Western Cape in South Africa. They’re somewhat slow growing but extremely hardy trees requiring minimal rainfall.

Is Gum Acacia Faithful to Nature?


Gum Acacia is a natural, plant-based ingredient which can be farmed and harvested sustainably. It represents an important source of income for underprivileged communities and reduces the need for animal based ingredients in many products.

Benefits: Why is Gum Acacia Used?

Plant Based Alternative

Gum acacia thickens products without gelatin.

Universally Consumed

Gum acacia is suitable for all dietary and religious groups.

Source of Fibre

Acacia gum contains water-soluble dietary fibers which are part of a balanced diet.

Versatile Food Ingredient

Acacia gum is used in food items as stabilizer, emulsifier, and thickening agent.

Gum Acacia is used extensively in foodstuffs like sweets, breakfast cereals, cold drinks, chewing gums and muc, much more. It’s also used, albeit quite rarely, in makeup items such as mascara.

Gum Acacia is harvested by tapping into the bark of the tree and allowing its sap to run out during the dry season.

Acacia Gum is fermented by the gut microflora after ingestion and as such may cause flatulence in larger quantities.

Notice: The information provided here is not intended as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.

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