The acacia gum, also known as gum Arabic or E414, has been recognised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a dietary fiber. This means that products that contain this functional ingredient can include it in the fiber section of Nutrition and Supplement Facts labels in the country. It is typically utilised in flavorings, beverages, confectionary, bakery, dairy and dietary food items.
This announcement comes after ingredients companies such as Alland & Robert have submitted studies, research and petitions in 2019 and 2020 on the health benefits of acacia gum. Strong scientific literature has shown that the natural additive can help lower blood glucose and insulin levels, especially after consuming a meal loaded with carbohydrates.
Dr. Isabelle Jaouen, R&D Director at Alland & Robert said: “We have provided the FDA with numerous data coming from several clinical trials to support our request that acacia gum be recognized as a dietary fiber. Two laboratories that specialize in clinical nutrition, including one university, have been mandated for the design and realization of the clinical tests. Our citizen petitions included data showing the benefits of acacia gum on blood glucose levels”.
Commenting on the FDA decision, Mr. Frédéric Alland, CEO at Alland & Robert said, “We are extremely satisfied that the FDA agrees with us that acacia gum is a fiber and can be labelled as such. It’s a great news for the American consumers, who will be able to enjoy this natural ingredient in their daily food. Alland & Robert remains committed to providing the highest quality of natural and non-GMO Acacia Fiber”.
Alland & Robert is a natural gums supplier that is a pioneer in natural tree exudates. Focusing on acacia gum, the company requires a minimum of 90% fiber content for all products in its Acacia Fiber portfolio.