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.
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.
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