It is a food additive that increases food volume or weight of food keeping its utility or functionality intact. Bulking agent only increases the bulk of food and does not affect its nutritional value.
These are non caloric additives which are applied to food to impart volume and mass. Some common bulking agents are soluble fibres like guar gum and psyllium husk.
Bulking agents are widely used in low calorie foods, meal replacements, pastries, breads, cereals and most processed foods.
Bulking agents are used in various food and beverage applications their weight can be increased and at the same time texture can be altered without making any modifications to its flavour.
Bulking agents are used in a variety of foods. In various kinds of bakery products, confectionary products, seasonings, condiments, sauces and soups bulking agents are commonly present. There are also widely used in oils, fats and sweet spreads, salad dressings and mayonnaise. These can also be used in processed meat and convenience foods. In dairy products including various desserts and ice creams bulking agents are used.
Bulking agents are dietary fibres with no calories. They pass through the intestine without getting digested and therefore, they are common ingredients of various slimming foods.
Bulking Agents food is chemically inert material and their main usage is increasing the product volume.
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