Emulsifiers, Stabilisers, Thickeners
and Gelling Agents.
Originally from the Mediterranean and western Asia, Carob is
now mainly grown in Mediterranean countries. The gum is extracted
from the seeds of the Carob tree(Seratonia siliqua).
Gums are famously bland, they are generally odourless and tasteless
and most have no energy value. They do though have a nutritional
function besides their mechanical and cosmetic ones: in digestion
they function as fibre, easing bowel function, and some are
used as bulk laxatives.
Used in frozen desserts, cultured dairy products
and cream cheese.