What are Stabilizers?

Stabilizers are an indispensable substance in food items. When added to the food items, they smoothen the texture of the food & give a definite body to the food. They are added in relatively small amount which gives aggravates the effect of emulsifiers. They give a uniform nature to the product & hold the flavoring compounds in dispersion. Perfect binders for the varied conflicting components, stabilizers are a must. The common stabilizers are gelatin and carrageenan. [1]

Stabilizers are usually natural but some may be artificial.

List of Natural Stabilizers

  • Agar
  • Alginic Acid
  • Calcium Alginate
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Carrageenan
  • Carob Gum
  • Gellan Gum
  • Guar Gum
  • Gum Acacia
  • Gum Arabic
  • Gum Karaya
  • Maltitol
  • Potassium Alginate
  • Potassium Gluconate
  • Tannin
  • Tara Gum
  • Tragacanth
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Xylitol
  • List of Artificial Stabilizers
  • Poly Vinyl Pyrrolidone
List of Disputable Stabilizers
  • Brominated Vegetable Oil - Organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems; considered unsafe by the FDA, can still lawfully be used unless further action is taken by the FDA. [2]