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Pectin Basics

Author: Dr Paul Macartain

Introduction

Pectins have been utilised for their functionality in foods for many years. Ubiquitous in the conserves and preserves industries, development of pectins has centred on its use to impart texture in high sugar systems. Pectin has been widely studied and published but is difficult to characterise as a model system due to the heterogeneous nature of the polymer. Industrial use has mainly been focussed on tailoring the polymer to specific needs.

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