What do people know about food additives and, more specifically, acacia gum?

Published: 12-Oct-2017

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:

  • confectionary (chewing gum, sweets, sugared almonds, etc.)
  • fizzy and soft drinks
  • bakery goods and pastries
  • dairy products and ice cream
  • health products
  • snack foods.

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.

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