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What is a thickener?

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Thickener is a kind of food additive. It is mainly used to improve and increase the consistency of food, maintain the color, aroma, taste and stability of fluidized food and gelled food, improve the physical properties of food, and make food feel lubricated and palatable. Thickeners can enhance the viscosity of food or form gelatin, thereby changing the physical properties of food, giving food sticky, suitable taste, and emulsifying, stabilizing or suspending state. There are 39 kinds of thickeners currently approved by China. Thickeners are hydrophilic macromolecule compounds, also known as water-soluble sols. According to its source, it can be divided into natural and chemical synthesis (including semi-synthesis).

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