Food Additives

SKU: Pectin Category:

Name: Pectin

CAS No: 9000-69-5

Molecular Formula: C6H12O6

Grade: Food Grae


Pectin is a structural polysaccharide, found in fruit and vegetable and mainly prepared from citrus peel, in plant, Pectin is a natural gelling agent, In general high Methoxyl-Pectin is 50% or greater esterified, while low Methoxyl is 50% or less.

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Usage and Application:

The main use for Pectin is as a gelling agent, thickening agent and stabilizer in food. The classical application is giving the jelly-like consistency to jams or marmalades, which would otherwise be sweet juices. For household use, Pectin is an ingredient in gelling sugar (also known as “Jam Sugar”) where Pectin is diluted to the right concentration with sugar and some Citric Acid to adjust PH. In some countries, Pectin is also available as a solution or an extract, or as a blended powder, for home jam making. For conventional jams and marmalades that contain above 60% sugar and soluble fruit solids, high-ester Pectins are used. With low-ester Pectins and amidated Pectins less sugar is needed, so that diet products can be made. Pectin can also be used to stabilize acidic protein drinks, such as drinking yogurt, and as a fat substitute in baked goods. Typical levels of Pectin used as a food additive are between 0.5-1.0%.This is about the same amount of Pectin as in fresh fruit.

In Medicine, Pectin increases viscosity and volume of stool so that Pectin is used against Constipation and Diarrhea. Until 2002, Pectin was one of the main ingredients used in Kaopectate, along with Kaolinite. Pectin is also used in Throat Lozenges as a demulcent. In cosmetic products, Pectin acts as stabilizer. Pectin is also used in wound healing preparations and specialty medical adhesives, such as colostomy devices. Also, Pectin is considered a natural remedy for Nausea. Pectin rich foods are proven to help nausea.

In Ruminant Nutrition, depending on the extent of lignification of the cell wall, Pectin is up to 90% digestible by bacterial enzymes. Ruminant nutritionists recommend that the digestibility and energy concentration in forages can be improved by increasing Pectin concentration in the forage.

In the Cigar Industry, Pectin is considered an excellent substitute for vegetable glue. Many cigar smokers and collectors will use Pectin for repairing damaged tobacco wrapper leaves on their cigars.

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Pectin is packed in 25kg carton; 25Kg/Fiber drum


stored in a clean, cool, dry place away from sunlight