Record Information
Creation date2015-10-09 22:31:47 UTC
Update date2017-01-19 02:36:31 UTC
FoodComEx IDPC000654
FoodDB RecordFDB023162
Chemical Information
DescriptionPectin is a heteropolysaccharide, mainly composed by galacturonic acid. It is an extremely weak basic (essentially neutral) compound (based on its pKa). Pectin is found in the primary cell walls of terrestrial plants. Pears, apples, guavas, quince, plums, gooseberries, and oranges and other citrus fruits contain large amounts of pectin, while soft fruits, like cherries, grapes, and strawberries, contain small amounts of pectin. Pectin is produced commercially as a white to light brown powder, mainly extracted from citrus fruits. Pectin is used in food as a gelling agent, particularly in confectionery jellies to give a good gel structure, a clean bite and to confer a good flavour release. It is also used in dessert fillings, medicines, sweets, as a stabilizer in fruit juices and milk drinks, and as a source of dietary fiber. The main use for pectin is as a gelling agent. It is also used as a thickening agent and stabilizer in food. In medicine, pectin increases the viscosity and volume of stools so that it is used to prevent constipation and diarrhea. Pectin is also used in wound healing preparations and specialty medical adhesives, such as colostomy devices.
CAS Number9000-69-5
Pectin sugarhmdb
Chemical FormulaC6H10O7
IUPAC name(2S,3R,4S,5R,6R)-3,4,5,6-tetrahydroxyoxane-2-carboxylic acid
InChI IdentifierInChI=1S/C6H10O7/c7-1-2(8)4(5(10)11)13-6(12)3(1)9/h1-4,6-9,12H,(H,10,11)/t1-,2+,3+,4-,6+/m0/s1
Isomeric SMILESO[C@@H]1O[C@@H]([C@H](O)[C@H](O)[C@H]1O)C(O)=O
Average Molecular Weight194.1394
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight194.042652674
Chemical Taxonomy
Description Belongs to the class of organic compounds known as glucuronic acid derivatives. Glucuronic acid derivatives are compounds containing a glucuronic acid moiety (or a derivative), which consists of a glucose moiety with the C6 carbon oxidized to a carboxylic acid.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganic oxygen compounds
ClassOrganooxygen compounds
Sub ClassCarbohydrates and carbohydrate conjugates
Direct ParentGlucuronic acid derivatives
Alternative Parents
  • Glucuronic acid or derivatives
  • Beta-hydroxy acid
  • Hydroxy acid
  • Pyran
  • Monosaccharide
  • Oxane
  • Hemiacetal
  • Secondary alcohol
  • Carboxylic acid derivative
  • Carboxylic acid
  • Oxacycle
  • Organoheterocyclic compound
  • Monocarboxylic acid or derivatives
  • Polyol
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organic oxide
  • Carbonyl group
  • Alcohol
  • Aliphatic heteromonocyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic heteromonocyclic compounds
External Descriptors
Physico-Chemical Properties - Experimental
Experimental logPNot Available
Experimental Water SolubilityNot Available
Melting PointNot Available
Foods of Origin
FoodContent Range AverageReference
Production Data
Production Methodcommercial
Production Method ReferenceNot Available
Production Method Reference FileNot Available
Quantity AvailableProduction upon request, up to 100 mg
Delivery TimeNot Available
Storage Formsolid
Storage Conditions-80°C
StabilityNot Available
PurityNot Available
Spectral Data Upon RequestNot Available
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