Pullulan by Shreeji Pharma International is composed of maltotriose units, also called -1,4-;-1,6-glucan'. The three glucose units in maltotriose are linked by an -1,4 glycosidic bond, while consecutive maltotriose units are connected by an -1,6 glycosidic bond. The food industry uses pullulan extensively. It is low in digestibility, tasteless and odorless, making it a good low-calorie food additive. In addition to its excellent oxygen barrier property and moisture retention, pullulan also prevents fungal growth.
How does it work:
Pullulan offers adhesive properties, making it ideal for the manufacture of fibers, moldings, as well as films that are resilient and oxygen-impermeable. Pharmaceutical industry makes use of pullulan as a dentures adhesive, in sugar coated pharmaceuticals compositions to prevent browning. It is also used in food industry in many ways, for instance as coatings or packaging materials, as tobacco binders, as seed coatings, as plant fertilizers, as low viscosity fillers or stabilizers. Pullulan also finds use in cosmetics, lotions, and shampoos.
How to use:
As both an ingredient in food as well as a film-forming agent, pullulan can be effectively utilized in edible films. Food manufacturers can use Pullulan as an ingredient in low-calorie food formulations and as food coating and packaging material. Its properties as an intensifier make it popular in soups, sauces, and beverages. Mayo can also be stabilized with the aid of this ingredient. You can use pullulan as an adhesive for dentures, a binder for food pastes, and to adhere nuts to cookies.