Acacia gum is a texturing and water-retention agent, a natural source of fiber and a processing aid in pet food.
Acacia gum acts as a texture improver and can increase softness and water retention. Acacia gum can also bring a fiber source to pet food, and help balance the nutritional balance of products.
Alland & Robert provide a specific range of Acacia Fiber that offers a guarantee of minimum 90% fiber content (international method AOAC 985-29).
Finally, acacia gum is often used as a processing aid in extruded pet food. Nowadays, technologists in the pet food industry apply complex and nutritional formulations including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins.
The mix for any extrusion is a pulverulent matrix with flour and starches blended with colorings, spices and flavors. The type of starch will confer on the finished product its main functional properties: texture, volume, structure, capacities of rehydration…
To improve both process and finished products, acacia gum is used as a processing aid for its lubricating properties. Its incorporation at low level significantly impact the homogeneity and the machinability of the mix as well as the texture of the extruded products.
The use of acacia gum in extrusion is also based on its capacities of food processing improver. Its incorporation into the mix which will be extruded has a direct positive and significant impact on the process of extrusion itself. Moreover, gum acacia impacts desirable rheological properties to the product by stabilizing, thickening and emulsifying.