Not all E-Numbers are bad
Contrary to popular belief (and what we’ve been told by our parents for years), not all E-numbers are bad for you. In fact, it might even shock you to learn that certain E-numbers can actually have many advantages. A really good example of the benefit that they can bring is highlighted in the example of Acacia gum, or rather, E414.
As an E-Number, E414 is verified as a safe food additive by EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) and is also one of the 45 currently allowed in organic foods as well. This is mainly because it is seen as an essential food additive, thanks to its industry leading binding and emulsifying properties. Despite its inclusion on this list for these properties listed above, Acacia gum is also great for many different reasons.
The first of these is its richness in soluble fibre. Fibre is one of the most critical requirements for the maintenance of a smooth-functioning digestive system, without which the body is likely to suffer greatly. However, a higher intake in soluble fibre, like the one present in Acacia gum, has also been closely linked with lowering cholesterol levels, keeping blood sugar levels in order, protecting against diabetes and controlling hunger during weight loss by helping you keep fuller for longer.
E414 is also popular in the food sector because of its water retention properties, especially in the world of bakery products. For example, in breads, Acacia gum is widely added to improve their softness, especially when added to gluten free bread that is often dense and close textured. Acacia gum’s texturing properties are also used in confectionery to create syrup-like textures.
Finally, Acacia gum is also a 100% natural and allergen-free product, that can only be acquired by harvesting it from trees that are mainly located in the south Sahel region in Africa. This may seem shocking because some E-numbers are related with being produced artificially in a lab, but not E414!
From start to finish in the production process, Alland & Robert uses industry leading research and development to protect the integrity of the gum insuring the best quality, most natural, product.
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