Amidated Low Methoxyl Pectin (e440ii) is a modified form of pectin extracted from the peels of citrus fruit. Pectin consists of a complex set of polysaccharides that are present in most primary cell walls of plants. The main use for pectin is as a gelling agent, thickening agent and stabilizer in food. The classical application is giving the jelly-like consistency to jams or marmalades, which would otherwise be sweet juices. Pectin can also be used to stabilize acidic protein drinks, such as drinking yogurt, and as a fat substitute in baked goods.
Amidated Low Methoxyl Pectin works best at pH of 3.2 - 3.6. It sets at 40 to 70C (depending upon calcium present: requires only 10 - 30 mg of calcium per gram of Pectin). LMA Pectin is synergistic with Locust Bean Gum. It is typically used in low calorie jellies with lower sugar content, drinkable gels and gelatin-type desserts