Acacia fiber -- also called acacia gum or gum Arabic -- is a soluble fiber that comes from the gum (sap) of the Acacia Senegal tree, a legume plant native to India, Africa, and other tropical or subtropical regions.
Because of its binding properties, acacia fiber is often used in ink, ceramics, stamps and envelopes (for the adhesive), cosmetics, and more. It is also used as a food and/or a dietary supplement said to offer a wealth of benefits.
Research shows that soluble fibers like acacia fiber offer many health benefits.
Soluble fiber has been found to form a gel-like substance inside the digestive system that performs unique and varied functions.
Here are just a few of the scientifically backed benefits of soluble fiber.
Having high cholesterol is one of the risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Consuming acacia and other soluble fibers may reduce this risk. In a 1999 meta-analysis of 67 controlled trials examining possible cholesterol-lowering effects of various soluble fibers, researchers discovered that there was a small reduction in LDL (bad) cholesterol in test subjects. 1
Elevated blood glucose levels can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes, both of which are associated with many other health conditions like heart disease and chronic kidney disease. Consuming processed carbs can lead to elevated blood glucose levels because they contain little or no fiber to slow digestion, with the resulting glucose dumped into the bloodstream quickly.
Research shows that acacia fiber, like other soluble fibers, can slow down the digestion of carbs and other nutrients, leading to a slower release of glucose into the bloodstream and preventing huge spikes in blood sugar levels. 2
As soluble fiber soaks up water as it passes through the digestive system it adds bulk to your stools. This results in more regular and productive bowel movement. Acacia fiber specifically has been observed to improve bowel movements in clinical research trials. 3
Research shows that acacia fiber may also:
Yes. Gut health depends upon a diverse flourishing microbiome, and fiber feeds the good bacteria helping them grow and flourish. Acacia fiber specifically promotes the growth of certain beneficial gut bacteria -- especially Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli -- known to support gut health. It also nourishes the type of beneficial bacteria that produce gut-healing short-chain fatty acids. 7, 8
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1- Brown L, Rosner B, Willett WW, Sacks FM, Cholesterol-lowering effects of dietary fiber: a meta-analysis, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 69, Issue 1, January 1999, Pages 30–42, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/69.1.30
2- Jarrar AH, Stojanovska L, Apostolopoulos V, Feehan J, Bataineh MF, Ismail LC, Al Dhaheri AS. The Effect of Gum Arabic (Acacia senegal) on Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Adults at Risk of Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Nutrients. 2021; 13(1):194. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13010194
3- Jarrar AH, Stojanovska L, Apostolopoulos V, Feehan J, Bataineh MF, Ismail LC, Al Dhaheri AS. The Effect of Gum Arabic (Acacia senegal) on Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Adults at Risk of Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Nutrients. 2021; 13(1):194. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13010194
4- Calame W, Thomassen F, Hull S, Viebke C, Siemensma AD. Evaluation of satiety enhancement, including compensation, by blends of gum arabic. A methodological approach. Appetite. 2011 Oct;57(2):358-64. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.06.005. Epub 2011 Jun 12. PMID: 21683750.
5- Patel S. Applications of Natural Polymer Gum Arabic: A Review. International Journal of Food Properties. DO - 10.1080/10942912.2013.809541
6- Princeton Nutrients Staff. Why Acacia Fiber Is Amazing for Your Gut. Princeton Nutrients Blog. Mar 28, 2017. Accessed Feb 12, 2021. https://princetonnutrients.com/blog/acacia-fiber/
7- Calame W., Weseler, A. R., Viebke, C., Flynn, C., & Siemensma, A. D. (2008). Gum arabic establishes prebiotic functionality in healthy human volunteers in a dose-dependent manner. British Journal of Nutrition,100(06), 1269. doi:10.1017/s0007114508981447
8- Michel, C., Kravtchenko, T., David, A., Gueneau, S., Kozlowski, F., & Cherbut, C. (1998). In Vitroprebiotic effects of Acacia gums onto the human intestinal microbiota depends on both botanical origin and environmental pH. Anaerobe,4(6), 257-266. doi:10.1006/anae.1998.0178