The scientific name for gum arabic is Acacia senegal.
Gum arabic is a sticky substance that solidifies to form crystalline pellets. There are three types of gum arabic: Al-Hashab gum arabic, Talha gum arabic and Louban gum arabic.
Sudan is the first Arab country exporting gum arabic, with 80% of the world's total production.
Gum arabic contains a high percentage of fiber, carbohydrates, protein and calcium.
Health benefits of gum Arabic
Gum arabic is characterized by many benefits:
- It reduces the absorption of sugar in the body.
- Alleviates convulsions and swelling.
- Protects against colon cancer.
- Very useful for children thanks to its high calcium content.
- Gum arabic also has cosmetic benefits: it fights wrinkles, pimples, freckles and helps treat hair loss.
Benefits of gum arabic for weight loss
In addition to the benefits already mentioned, gum arabic plays an important role in weight loss:
- Helps regulate insulin secretion.
- Helps regulate blood sugar.
- Protects against toxins and excess fat and prevents their accumulation in the body.
- Provides the body's fiber needs without the use of foods that cause weight gain.
- Helps treat problems in the digestive system and regulates the process of absorption of nutrients, which contributes to weight loss.
- Gives the body a consistent shape by reducing the accumulation of fat in the abdomen and buttocks by distributing it throughout the body.
- Gives a feeling of satiety because it is rich in fiber, which reduces appetite.
- Reduces blood sugar absorption.
How to use gum arabic
Gum arabic is characterized by its solubility in water. You can grind it, then dissolve two tablespoons of gum in water.
Drink a cup twice a day before half an hour of meals. It can also be added to foods and salads.
Gum arabic is also very beneficial for the skin health and hair, health. It can be soaked in water (or with rose water) then drop this mixture on the face (or hair) as mask.
Side effects of gum arabic
scientific studies have shown that the use of gum arabic is safe and does not cause any harm to health..
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