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Update on Gum Arabic

From harmless to helpful?

August 23, 2010 |
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Image thanks to Dinesh Valke.

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What about gum arabic, the hardened sap of the acacia tree used as a stabalizer in the food industry and for the lickable adhesive on the back of envelopes. Considered harmless—but, there’s actually some new data suggesting in large enough doses it can actually help feed our good bacteria, so I’m actually going to bump that up to, helpful.

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