Gum Arabic

  • Companies like Coca Cola and Pepsico, have stockpiled gum arabic due to Sudan conflict.

About Gum arabic

  • Gum arabic is a natural gum originally consisting of the hardened sap of two species of the Acacia tree.
  • The term “gum arabic” does not legally indicate a particular botanical source.
  • The gum is harvested commercially from wild trees, mostly in Sudan (80%) and throughout the Sahel region, from Senegal to Somalia.
  • Uses
    • It is soluble in water, edible, and used primarily in the food industry and soft-drink industry as a stabilizer (which helps bind together food and drink ingredients)
    • It is a key ingredient in traditional lithography and is used in printing, paints, glues, cosmetics, and various industrial applications, including viscosity control in inks and in textile industries.
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