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Pectin is a type of soluble fiber found in apples, citrus fruits, grapes, berries, bran and other foods. Soluble fibers have the ability to absorb moisture and fats, including cholesterol, preventing their absorption while helping to add moisture to the bowel and promote healthy elimination.
As it absorbs fluids and fats from the digestive tract, pectin assumes a gel-like consistency and gently forms bulk in the system. This bulk helps you feel full while slowing the absorption of calories, both of which are highly desirable effects in terms of weight loss. In this way, soluble fibers like pectin help reduce blood glucose levels and so may be useful to diabetics. Studies show that soluble pectin fiber also absorbs cholesterol-rich bile acids, enabling them to be excreted, lowering the body’s cholesterol levels.
Use apple pectin products as directed. Consult your physician before using an apple pectin supplement if you have a health condition or are taking any medications. Pectin may decrease the absorption of certain medications.
Temporary gas and bloating can occur any time fiber intake is significantly increased or decreased.