Gellan Gum Side Effects

Gellan Gum E418 is a white or off-white powder that is used as an emulsifier, suspension agent, thickener, stabilizer, gelling agent in candy, dairy products, jam, and flour. Though Gellan Gum E418 is considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.

What Is Gellan Gum E418?

Gellan Gum E418 is a high molecular weight polysaccharide gum produced by a pure culture fermentation of a carbohydrate by Pseudomonas elodea, purified by recovery with isopropyl alcohol, dried, and milled. It appears as an off-white powder, and it is often used as a thickener, emulsifier, and stabilizer. This product is mainly used in soya milks to keep the soy protein suspended in the milk, and it can also be found in candy, dairy products, jam, and flour.

Possible Side Effects of Gellan Gum E418

Although Gellan Gum E418 generally regarded as a very safe and effective supplement, there can be some minor side effects. The side effects may: Excessive intake may cause abdominal bloating, excessive gas (flatulence), loose stools or diarrhea.

GRAS Affirmation: Yes

Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Gellan Gum E418 is considered safe.

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Special Populations Precaution

There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Gellan Gum E418 populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Gellan Gum E418.



Related Research

1. Injectable self-gelling composites for bone tissue engineering based on gellan gum hydrogel enriched with different bioglasses. [Biomed Mater. 2014 Aug] Author: Douglas TE, Piwowarczyk W, Pamula E, Liskova J, Schaubroeck D, Leeuwenburgh SC, Brackman G, Balcaen L, Detsch R, Declercq H, Cholewa-Kowalska K, Dokupil A, Cuijpers VM, Vanhaecke F, Cornelissen R, Coenye T, Boccaccini AR, Dubruel P.

2. The dietary effects of gellan gum in humans. [Food Addit Contam. 1988 Jul-Sep] Author: Anderson DM1, Brydon WG, Eastwood MA.

3. Gellan gum microspheres containing a novel α-amylase from marine Nocardiopsis sp. strain B2 for immobilization. [Int J Biol Macromol. 2014 Jul 8] Author: Chakraborty S, Jana S, Gandhi A, Sen KK, Zhiang W, Kokare C.

4. Studies on graft copolymerization of gellan gum with N,N-dimethylacrylamide by the redox system. [Int J Biol Macromol. 2014 Jun 28] Author: Pandey VS, Verma SK, Yadav M, Behari K.

5. Bioremediation of coking wastewater containing carbazole, dibenzofuran and dibenzothiphene by immobilized naphthalene-cultivated Arthrobacter sp. W1 in magnetic gellan gum. [Bioresour Technol. 2014 Aug] Author: Shi S, Qu Y, Ma F, Zhou J.

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