FDA recognises acacia gum dietary fibre status

20-Dec-2021

The organisation agreed the ingredient has physiological effects beneficial to human health, such as the reduction of blood glucose and insulin levels

Alland & Robert has highlighted a recent FDA decision which states acacia gum can now be classified as a fibre for nutrition labelling purposes in the United States.

Acacia gum, also known as gum Arabic or E414, is a vegetal, functional additive used in flavours, beverages, confectionery, dairy, bakery, dietary products, pharma and cosmetics.

This decision from was made public in December, 2021, and will enable the gum to count as a dietary fibre on American nutritional labels. Acacia gum is an ingredient or additive used worldwide in a range of products and scientific literature suggests that it’s a fibre. The FDA agreed the ingredient has physiological effects beneficial to human health, such as the reduction of blood glucose and insulin levels after it is eaten with a meal containing a carbohydrate that raises blood glucose levels.

Alland & Robert, along with a group of other stakeholders, submitted two citizen petitions in 2019 and 2020, aiming to provide the FDA with proof that acacia gum has “physiological benefits to human health”.

Dr Isabelle Jaouen, R&D Director at Alland & Robert said: “We have provided the FDA with numerous data coming from several clinical trials to support our request that acacia gum be recognised as a dietary fibre. Two laboratories that specialise in clinical nutrition, including one university, have been mandated for the design and realisation of the clinical tests. Our citizen petitions included data showing the benefits of acacia gum on blood glucose levels”.

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Mr. Frédéric Alland, CEO at Alland & Robert said: “We are extremely satisfied that the FDA agrees with us that acacia gum is a fibre and can be labelled as such. It’s a great news for the American consumers, who will be able to enjoy this natural ingredient in their daily food. Alland & Robert remains committed to providing the highest quality of natural and non-GMO Acacia fibre”.

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