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Acacia gum, also called gum arabic, is an exudate of certain trees in the legume (Fabaceae) family. Known in the global market by their previous scientific names/synonyms, Acacia senegal and Acacia seyal, primary among the trees that produce acacia gum are Senegalia senegal and Vachellia seyal. Native to Sudan and the sub-Saharan Sahel region (or “gum belt”) of North Africa, acacia gum has been used for food, medicine, and cosmetics for millenia in its native habitat. Contemporary commercial uses of acacia gum still include as a binder in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, paint, ink, and art supplies, as well as in the food and beverage industries as an emulsifier, stabilizer, and texturizer. Acacia is an excellent source of soluble fiber that can enrich the nutritional profile of food and beverage and is used in dietary supplements to support digestive health.

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Additional ABC Acacia Gum Resources

HerbClip Reviews

Daily Dietary Intake of Gum Arabic and Red Acacia May Improve Biomedical Parameters in Metabolic Syndrome. HC# 022114-673, September 30, 2021.

Clinical Study on the Therapeutic Use of Gum Arabic in Renal Disease. HC# 092124-687, April 29, 2022.


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