Gums and hydrocolloids

Deliver enhanced texture and stability

Reliable gums for great products

Formulating consumer-winning foods and beverages is a delicate science. Not only do products have to leave a lasting impression on consumers, but they must also appeal in other ways to compete on the shelves.

Our hydrocolloids are designed around your needs — so you can make your formulation goals a reality. Hydrocolloids are among the most versatile and utilized ingredients available to the food and beverage industry. They present a unique opportunity to improve texture and add functionality while helping you to reduce ingredients and achieve cost savings.

Everything you need to help you accelerate your growth. Offer consumers signature textures and mouthfeel with the label-friendly ingredients they prefer. Add indulgent mouthfeel, build viscosity, enhance texture and increase stability with our full line of conventional and naturally derived gums — made from natural sources like seeds, trees and seaweed. 

With our broad portfolio of in-demand ingredients and tested expertise, you can support consumer-preferred label claims like “gluten-free,” “non-GMO,” “organic” and “kosher.” Whatever your formulation goals, our teams of technical and market experts are on the ground and ready to help you optimize consumer appeal, functionality and cost-savings.  

We can help you solve your texture and stability challenges:

  • Improve mouthfeel and body
  • Prevent syneresis
  • improve freeze/thaw stability
  • Deliver superior emulsification
  • Increase viscosity
  • Achieve ideal particulate suspention
  • And more

A handy reference to hydrocolloids

The functional characteristics of gums vary greatly--some form gels, while others maintain a low viscosity; some are tolerant to low pH while others are not. To better help formulators understand the world of hydrocolloids, we created the Common Gums Chart. In this comprehensive guide, we brought together the essential details of the hydrocolloids we offer, including the functionality, source, label claims and more.

View the common gums chart

Hydrocolloids from Ingredion

Hydrocolloid Name Common Label Declaration Source

Agar

Agar

Seaweed

Propylene glycol alginate

Propylene glycol alginate

Seaweed

Sodium alginate

Sodium alginate

Seaweed

Acacia senegal

Acacia

Plant exudate

Acacia seyal

Acacia

Plant exudate

Iota carrageenan

Carrageenan

Seaweed

Lambda carrageenan

Carrageenan

Seaweed

Cellulose gum

Wood pulp, cotton

Cellulose powder

Cellulose powder

Plant fiber, cotton

Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose

Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose

Wood pulp, cotton

Methylcellulose

Methylcellulose

Wood pulp, cotton

Colloidal MCC

Cellulose gel, cellulose gum

Wood pulp, cotton

Guar gum

Guar

Seeds

Locust bean gum

Seeds

Tara

Seeds

Low acyl gellan gum

Gellan gum

Fermentation

High acyl gellan gum

Gellan gum

Fermentation

Inulin

Inulin

Chicory root

Inulin

Inulin

Agave plant

Konjac gum

Konjac gum

Konjac root

Modified gum acacia

Modified gum acacia

Plant exudate-modified

High methoxyl pectin

Pectin

Citrus peel, apple peel

Low methoxyl amidated pectin

Pectin

Citrus peel, apple peel

Xanthan gum

Microbial fermentation

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