International leader in natural gums Alland & Robert has announced that acacia gum has been classified by the American Food & Drug Administration as a fibre for nutrition labelling purposes in the United States.
This decision from the American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) was made public on December 17, 2021, and will consequently allow acacia gum to count as a dietary fibre on American Nutrition and Supplement Facts labels. Acacia gum is an ingredient or additive used worldwide in a wide range of products. Strong scientific literature demonstrates that acacia gum is a fibre. Today, the FDA agreed that acacia gum has physiological effects beneficial to human health, such as the reduction of blood glucose and insulin levels after it is eaten with a meal containing a carbohydrate that raises blood glucose levels.
Alland & Robert, along with a work group of other acacia gum stakeholders, has submitted two science-backed citizen petitions in 2019 and 2020, in order to provide the FDA with data showing proof that acacia gum has indeed “physiological benefits to human health”.
Dr Isabelle Jaouen, research and development director at Alland & Robert, said: “We have provided the FDA with numerous data coming from several clinical trials to support our request that acacia gum be recognised as a dietary fibre. Two laboratories that specialise in clinical nutrition, including one university, have been mandated for the design and realisation of the clinical tests. Our citizen petitions included data showing the benefits of acacia gum on blood glucose levels.”
Commenting on the FDA decision, Frédéric Alland, CEO at Alland & Robert, said: “We are extremely satisfied that the FDA agrees with us that acacia gum is a fibre and can be labelled as such. It’s a great news for the American consumers, who will be able to enjoy this natural ingredient in their daily food. Alland & Robert remains committed to providing the highest quality of natural and non-GMO Acacia Fibre.”
Acacia gum, also known as gum Arabic or E414, is a natural, vegetal, safe, functional and healthy additive used in flavours, beverages, confectionery, dairy, bakery, dietary products, pharma and cosmetics among others. Acacia gum is today found in thousands of day-to-day products all over the world. Alland & Robert guarantees a minimum fibre content of 90% for all products of its Acacia Fibre range (international method AOAC 985-29). In the United States, Alland & Robert is distributed exclusively by US company Farbest Brands.