Apple pectin is a soluble fiber commonly found in apples. The compound is often used as an additive to diet supplements. It comes in the form of a light beige powder and has no distinct smell. The molecular weight of apple pectin is 194.139 g/mol. It is soluble in water but insoluble in alcohol, ethanol, and other organic solvents.
The compound pectin has a heavy atom count of 13 and a complexity of 205. The melting point can range between 287.6 and 291.2° F (142 to 144° C).
The supplements containing apple pectin can be found in many health and natural food stores. There is no significant nutritional component to apple pectin. The high-fiber content causes it to slow down the digestive process when ingested.
Apple pectin benefits often touted include being capable of lowering cholesterol, helping with heartburn, and relieving gastrointestinal issues like ulcerative colitis. Certain side effects commonly associated with its use include gas and diarrhea.