Pectin is sweet substance found in the intercellular space of plant cells. The most important use of pectin is in its ability to form gels. It is a polysaccharide, a soluble fiber that becomes thick and gelatinous in water.
It is a natural thickening agent used in food preparation
Its ability to add bulk to stool and improve bowl movements is proven. It is good in carrying waste products of digestion. It makes convert the sugars to energy than fats.
Pectin is used as a food and medicine. Because of its qualities, it is efficient in controlling several disorders in our body functioning such as;
Lower cholesterol (LDL)
Acts against Diarrhea
Work as anti-ulcer
Control sugar level in diabetes
Reduce heart disease
The sources of pectin are unripe fruits such as apple, citrus fruits, grape fruit and apricot.
Corn Flake is another source of pectin rich food that can be taken regularly.
Pectin is made for industrial or pharmaceutical purposes from apple and citrus fruits. It is available in liquid form and in powder form.
Why should you go for pectin in your food?
I have mentioned above, it is an excellent ingredient for removing ulcer from intestines. Another natural substance that helps in removal of ulcer is honey.
Diarrhea and stomach upsets are prevented to a great extent by the consumption of pectinase fruits.
It is good for diabetic patients for it controls blood sugar. Pectin reduces heart disease and is supporting prevent cancer.
Recent researches show that Modified Citrus Pectin is helpful in removing body toxins. A carbohydrate that has been altered so it can be absorbed into the bloodstream is called Modified Citrus Pectin.
Source Naturals PectaSol Modified Citrus Pectin, Powder, 400gVitamins & Supplements)
The chemistry of pectin can be found from Source: http://www.journal.su.ac.th/index.php/suij/article/viewFile/48/48