Karaya gum is a texturing and a thickening agent.
Karaya gum offers excellent flowing properties that are required in the formulation of dressings and fillings, and a stability at low PH (for sauces and salad dressings). It is a powerful texturing agent that offers high viscosity at a very low concentration. Karaya gum’s effect on textures can be significant, even at low concentrations.
In ready-to-eat meals, karaya gum provides freezing-thawing stability and is suitable for the formulation of chilled meals warmed up by microwaves. Karaya gum can also be a bulking agent, a flavor emulsifier, and a stabilizer.