Recently, the conflict in Sudan has led to a possible shortage in stocks of gum arabic, a key ingredient in most consumer goods for which there are few substitutes.
What Is Gum Arabic ?
It is used to bind the sweeteners and flavorings in soft drinks and as a stabilizer in candy, chewing gum, and baked goods.
- Gum Arabic first found its way to Europe via Arabic ports, hence the name.
- It is soluble in water, edible and used primarily in the food industry and soft-drink industry as a stabilizer.
- It is also used in printing, paints, glues, cosmetics, and viscosity control in inks and textile industries.
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