Locust Bean Gum Frequently Asked Questions
As one of the top locust bean gum suppliers for the food and pharmaceutical industries, we know a lot about locust bean gum powder! Below, we’ve answered your top questions on this popular ingredient.
What is Locust Bean Gum? Where Does It Come From?
Locust Bean Gum powder is processed from the seeds of the leguminous locust bean tree, also known as the carob tree. Native to the eastern Mediteranean Region, locust bean gum has been used since ancient Egypt. Most of the locus bean gum we consume today is grown in Portugal, Italy, Spain and Morocco.
How is Locust Bean Gum Made?
Locust Bean Gum powder comes from grinding the endosperm of the seeds of the locust bean plant. In order to do so, the seeds are removed from the pod-shaped fruit and cleaned. The endosperm is the nutrient-rich tissue that surrounds the embryo within the seed.
What Does Locust Bean Gum Look Like?
Locust Bean Gum is an off white to cream fine powder. It is used in applications where clarity is not desired.
What’s the Difference Between Guar Gum and Locust Bean Gum?
While Locust Bean Gum and Guar Gum are of similar compositions, Locust Bean Gum must be dispersed in hot water and then cooled in order for it to achieve its full viscosity.
What are the Common Uses of Locust Bean Gum?
Locust Bean Gum is a natural thickening agent, so it is most used for providing stability or a smooth texture to food products, including: dairy products, baked goods, soups, condiments, frozen desserts, meats, and cheeses. The gum also has the ability to discourage unwanted ice crystal formation, which is why it’s a popular stabilizer in ice cream.
One unique characteristic of carob bean gum is that its taste is similar to chocolate, so it has been used in the past as a healthier alternative to chocolate in baked goods and desserts.
Non-edible applications of locust bean gum include cosmetics, paper products, pet food, textiles, shoe polish, and cigarettes for its thickening and filler properties.
Is Locust Bean Gum Vegan or Vegetarian?
Yes, locust bean gum is a vegetable gum powder devoid of any animal products. In fact, due to its gelatinous quality, it’s often used in vegan and vegetarian recipes in the place of eggs or gelatin as a thickening agent for dressings, faux cheese, condiments, and ice cream.
Can Locust Bean Gum Form a Gel On Its Own?
No, while locust bean gum is soluble in hot water, it does not form a gel. Locust bean gums increase viscosity, with maximum viscosity obtained at 95 °C. Locust bean gum is often combined with carrageenan, agar agar, or xanthan gum to make gels.
Is Locust Bean Gum Gluten Free?
Yes, locust bean gum is naturally gluten free. In fact, due to is stabilizing element, it’s often a key ingredient in gluten-free breads and noodles as an effective substitute for gluten.
What are the Health Benefits of Locust Bean Gum?
In moderation, locust bean gum has been found to have several health properties when you consume it, including:
- Lower Cholesterol & improve HDL-to-LDL ratio
- High in Fiber
- Improve Blood Sugar Levels
- Treats Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Relieves Diarrhea
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