All pectins are a type of fibre found in plant cell walls and tissues. It is produced commercially and is used extensively in the food industry as a gelling agent, particularly in jams and jellies. It is also used in fillings, medicines, sweets, and as a stabiliser in fruit juices and milk drinks. Apples contain a particularly high concentration of pectin.
Apple Pectin is a good, natural source of soluble dietary fibre. Soluble fibre can disperse or spread in water and is digested by the body. Insoluble fibre is not digested but can still help keep you regular. Apple Pectin has been used for high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and to prevent colon and prostate cancer. It has also been used for diabetes.
Apple Pectin's cholesterol maintenance effect comes from its ability to bind with and remove fats before absorption.