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Pectin is a complex carbohydrate derived from plant cell walls. In addition to its thickening properties, it is used to improve the texture of foods like yoghurt. Because pectin forms a gelatine-like consistency when added to water, it can affect how quickly food moves through the intestines and how much cholesterol is absorbed from the diet.


A few studies have shown that pectin, the everyday thickening agent commonly added to jams and jellies, can help lower high cholesterol levels, but it’s not clear what types and amounts of pectin are most beneficial. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition took a closer look at different pectin supplements to see which ones came out on top. The conclusion was that, to ensure people receive a health benefit, differences between pectin types should be identified and products should be marketed with those differences made clear to consumers.

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