Update on Gum Arabic

Update on Gum Arabic
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From harmless to helpful?

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What about gum arabic, the hardened sap of the acacia tree, used as a stabilizer 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 may actually help feed our good bacteria.

So, I’m actually going to bump that up to helpful.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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Image thanks to Dinesh Valke via Flickr

What about gum arabic, the hardened sap of the acacia tree, used as a stabilizer 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 may actually help feed our good bacteria.

So, I’m actually going to bump that up to helpful.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image thanks to Dinesh Valke via Flickr

Doctor's Note

For more on food additives, check out these videos:
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Phosphate Additives in Meat Purge and Cola
Who Determines if Food Additives are Safe?
Artificial Food Colors and ADHD
Seeing Red No. 3: Coloring to Dye For

And check out my other “HHH” videos (Harmful, Harmless, or Helpful?) – listed below the post. 

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