We are well aware of the gums of our teeth or the kid-attractive chewing gums! But what about the gums that are mentioned as an ingredient in the Nutrition Facts label in the almond milk that you drink? There are an entire batch of these gums that are used commonly in the food and personal-care industry. Such gums act as thickeners, emulsifiers and stabilizers and are mostly made from food while some others are the result of bacterial fermentation.
One might think on the sudden interest these gums are creating among people. There is a whole round of discussion happening as they have reported to cause potential side effects.
Gums are increasingly used in processed foods to thicken, emulsify and stabilize products. Many studies point to the same fact that gums can cause bloating, gas and loose stools. It should be avoided by people with digestive problems, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Instead of looking for the presence of gum in processed foods, it is even more healthier and better to avoid consumption of processed foods for overall well-being and a healthy lifestyle. If you want to switch over to a healthier lifestyle with food habit changes and improved physical activity, you can get in touch with a registered dietitian nutritionist at www.firsteatright.com who can help you adapt yourself to a healthy lifestyle.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.