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E410 – Locust bean gum (LBG, also known as carob gum, carob bean gum, carobin) is a thickening agent and a gelling agent used in food technology. Locust bean gum is a galactomannan vegetable gum extracted from the seeds of the carob tree, mostly found in the Mediterranean region. The long pods that grow on the tree are used to make this gum. The pods are kibbled to separate the seed from the pulp. The seeds have their skins removed by an acid treatment. The deskinned seed is then split and gently milled. This causes the brittle germ to break up while not affecting the more robust endosperm. The two are separated by sieving. The separated endosperm can then be milled by a roller operation to produce the final locust bean gum powder.
The bean, when made into powder, is sweet—with a flavour similar to chocolate—and is used to sweeten foods and as a chocolate substitute, although this carob powder is produced from the fruit pod after removal of seeds, while the gum is produced from the seeds themselves. It is also used in pet foods and inedible products such as mining products, paper making, and to thicken textiles. It is used in cosmetics and to enhance the flavour of cigarettes. Shoe polish and insecticides also have locust bean gum powder as an additive.
Locust bean gum is used in such as products: frosting, icing, ice cream, infant formula, fermented dairy products and their substitutes containing live bacteria, dried fruits and vegetables, pickled chestnuts, sweetened puree of chestnuts, jams, jellies, marmalades. Locust bean gum is also used in the production of dietary supplements (including weight loss products) and certain drugs (such as syrups).
It is soluble in hot water.
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