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Blueberry pectin

Posted by blueberrytalk on December 1, 2008

This is Jack. He is the world’s biggest blueberry smoothie fan. He is taking a picture of our blueberry pectin experiment. First we blended some defrosted blueberries and waited about 15 minutes for the blended fruit to jell. Jelling indicates the presence of pectin.



blended blueberries

blended blueberries

The tilted goblet shows how well the blended blueberries jelled.

jelled blueberries

jelled blueberries

Recent research has identified pectin as an effective agent in destroying cancer cells

Scientists at the University of Georgia in the US found when prostate cancer cells were exposed to pectin powder or heat-treated citrus pectin, up to 40 per cent died.

The cells were made to “commit suicide” through a natural process called apoptosis that halts the creation of tumours.

Other studies on rats and cell cultures suggest pectin also fights lung and colon cancers.



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