Gum of Prosopis/Acacia Species

This chapter presents the structural and physicochemical characteristics, functional properties, and main applications of two exudate gums: gum arabic and mesquite gum

Yolanda L. López-Franco; Francisco M. Gooycolea; Jaime Lizardi-Mendoza

2014

Scholarcy highlights

  • This chapter presents the structural and physicochemical characteristics, functional properties, and main applications of two exudate gums: gum arabic and mesquite gum
  • Mesquite gum is other exudate less known in the international market, but it has potential applications in food and other industries
  • The chemical structure and functional properties of mesquite gum are comparable with gum arabic
  • It is a good emulsifier and stabilizer of oil–water emulsions, and it may be compared with gum arabic for such application
  • The information contained in this chapter considers that mesquite gum can be a suitable replacement of gum arabic in arid regions of the world where Prosopis trees have widespread occurrence

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