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Pectin is a polysaccharide found in all plant tissue. It is used by plants as a cementing material between cells. Pectin has shown antibacterial and fungicidal properties. It has also been shown to lower high cholesterol levels in humans. Pectin is used commercially for its gel-forming property in jams and jellies, and therapeutically to control diarrhea.


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