Donald Pszczola

Donald E. Pszczola

A Florida zoo recently telephoned TIC Gums, Inc., with an interesting problem: The zoo’s primates enjoyed gum arabic as a snack, but the zookeepers could not get the gum to dissolve easily. In response, the gum supplier suggested the use of one of its products, Prehydrated® Gum Arabic, which dissolves easily in water with minimal agitation and without forming lumps. Now both the primates and the zookeepers are happy.

Starches and gums can provide solutions to a variety of problems, in addition to fat replacement concerns. This yogurt, formulated with a gelatin-replacing starch, can appeal to vegetarians and members of certain religions which have strict dietary rules. French fries coated with potato starch offer a crisp tender bite over time and a smooth surface.I mention this story not because this column is necessarily planning on going ap…

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Food Technology magazine Senior Editor and key member of the Food Technology editorial staff for 26 years.
Donald Pszczola