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  • 5 Locust Bean Gum Benefits
  • source         Jul 30,2019         50
    【Summary】

    Locust bean gum is a natural food additive that comes from the carob seeds of the carob tree. Similar to guar gum and gellan gum, locust bean gum is added to a variety of food products, including yogurt, cream cheese and ice cream. In food, it’s used primarily as a thickening and stabilizing agent. Locust bean gum is also gluten-free and sometimes used in foods to provide a chocolaty flavor.

    Locust bean gum is a natural food additive that comes from the carob seeds of the carob tree. Similar to guar gum and gellan gum, locust bean gum is added to a variety of food products, including yogurt, cream cheese and ice cream. In food, it’s used primarily as a thickening and stabilizing agent. Locust bean gum is also gluten-free and sometimes used in foods to provide a chocolaty flavor.

    So is locust bean gum good or bad for you? Let’s take a look at both the pluses and minuses of this intriguing yet often overlooked ingredient. Sneak preview on the plus side: Scientific research says that locust bean gum may benefit many major health concerns, including diabetes, heart disease, digestive health and even colon cancer.

    5 Locust Bean Gum Benefits

    1. May Help Lower Cholesterol

    Studies have shown that locust bean gum may have potential cholesterol-lowering effects on its consumers. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at the effects of locust bean gum on adults and children with either high cholesterol or normal cholesterol. All of the subjects consumed food products that either had no locust bean gum (LBG) or contained LBG in an amount ranging from eight to 30 grams per day.

    Not only did the LBG group not show any negative side effects, but those subjects also showed greater decreases in their overall cholesterol as well as their bad (LDL) cholesterol levels. The study’s conclusion: Including LBG in food seems to be a non-risky way to successfully decrease high cholesterol levels.

    2. Improves Blood Sugar Levels

    An animal study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research looked at the effects of both guar gum and locust bean gum on blood glucose and insulin levels. The animal subjects were given a diet containing 15 percent of either locust bean gum or guar gum for two to six consecutive weeks. The researchers observed that the subjects experienced a decrease in both insulin levels and glucose levels. The animal subjects also had lower blood cholesterol levels by the end of the study. 

    As a soluble fiber, locust bean gum is suspected to be beneficial to human diabetics as well. This make sense, since it helps maintain normal blood sugar.

    3. Treats Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

    A study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition looked at the effects of consuming an anti-regurgitant milk containing locust bean gum on 30 infant subjects experiencing regurgitation on a daily basis who had no other health issues. The infants either received milk with the typical amounts of locust bean gum, a milk with a reduced amount of the gum or a control milk.

    The researchers observed that compared to the control milk, both groups consuming the LBG-thickened milks experienced fewer regurgitations — 50 percent less than the control group to be exact. The conclusion of the study was that both locust bean gum formulas helped decrease GERD symptoms in infants.

    4. Relieves Diarrhea

    Scientific research has shown that locust (carob) bean gum can be helpful to dehydrating and nutrient-depleting diarrhea. One study specifically looked at the anti-diarrheal influence of locust bean juice on 80 children between the ages of four months and two years. These children were all admitted to the hospital with acute cases of diarrhea and either mild or moderate dehydration. The young patients were randomly given either a World Health Organization (WHO) standard oral rehydration solution (ORS) or both the WHO ORS as well as locust bean juice.

    The results were impressive: The children who took ORS and locust bean juice had their diarrhea last a 45 percent shorter amount of time. Additionally, three children who only received the ORS ended up with hypernatremia (a high concentration of sodium in the blood), but no one in the ORS plus locust been juice group experienced hypernatremia. The study’s researchers concluded that locust bean juice may help in the treatment of diarrhea, and additional studies are warranted by their findings

    5. Potentially Discourages Colon Cancer

    Due to its significant fiber content, it’s believed that carob bean gum may discourage the formation of colon cancer.  Multiple scientific studies have shown that, in general, a higher dietary fiber intake is associated with a reduced risk of cancer of the colon. Hopefully there will be studies in the near future that look more at the possible relationship between carob bean gum consumption and the reduction of cancer risk, but there is promise for LBG in colon cancer treatment.

     



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