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What is pectin and what does it do?

Pectin is a type of starch (fibre) naturally found in fruits or commercially added to foods like jellies and jams as a way of thickening the mixture.

Pectin is used for slowing down digestion and adding bulk to food, whereas commercially it can be used as a thickener for a number of products.

In regards to health, some people use it to improve high cholesterol, high triglycerides, heartburn, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Pectin can be naturally obtained from apples, bananas, peaches, raspberries, blackberries, and apricots. Some vegetables like peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes also offer a high amount of pectin.

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