Alland & Robert, an international leader in acacia gum, asked the polling organisation Toluna to do a survey in the UK, Germany, Japan and the USA regarding their nutritional knowledge: the responses were both surprising and unexpected!
More than 58% of British people always read food labels before purchasing
Almost 60% of the 1000 British people surveyed confirmed that they consistently read food labels before buying a product; (35.36% do it occasionally).
Moreover, more than 65% recognise that the letter E represents a food additive.
However, the question concerning the origin of these food additives proved to be more difficult.
In fact, almost 40% are unaware that food additives can be either natural or chemical, and 32.77% wrongly believe that food additives are solely chemical!
Acacia gum (also known as Arabic gum) is a 100% natural additive and sap exudate taken from an incision in the acacia tree trunk.
In addition to the product’s natural origin, the harvest – done in the Sahel countries in Africa – is also natural.
Guaranteed pesticide and GMO-free, acacia gum also functions as an emulsifier and a stabilising agent and is used in many applications:
Almost 50% of British people asked are unaware of the practical uses of acacia gum.
Furthermore, only 22.41% know that it is present in bread while, on average, more than 42% of Americans are aware of this.
And almost 46% prefer products that are a source of fibre: 45.62% of the British survey respondents are particularly drawn to food products that are rich in fibre (although in Germany this figure is even higher at 65.45%).
However, more than 82% aren’t aware that acacia gum is a very fibre-rich dietary additive! Furthermore, the acacia gum producer Alland & Robert ensures at least 90% fibre content.
As a source of fibre, acacia gum has many advantages, including resistance to acidity and heat, no side-effects nor intestinal troubles, low in calories and a very low glycaemic index, as well as scientifically proven prebiotic effects.