Modified citrus pectin

Modified citrus pectin. Pectin is a type of polysaccharide found in the cell walls of many plants and assists in making plants rigid 1, 2. Pectin offers gel-like capabilities 1, 2. Citrus pectin is the pulp and peel of citrus fruits 3, 4. A few sources note that shorter-chain, modified citrus pectin (MCP) may be absorbed in smaller quantities due to water solubility (dissolvability) 1, 5. In the U. S., Pectin has been Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) 3.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Natural Medicines database. Pectin (also known as Modified Citrus Pectin, MCP). Professional monograph. Last reviewed 1/4/2019. Last updated 1/31/2018. Product ID: 500. Subscription required.
  2. Alberts B, Johnson A, Lewis J, et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 4th Edition New York: Garland Science; 2002.
  3. U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. E-CFR. Title 21. Part 184—Substances Generally Recognized as Safe. 21CFR184.1588. Pectins. Current as of 4/11/2019. Available at
  4. Shang Y. Ed. Chapter 3. Extraction processes of functional components from citrus peel. Comprehensive Utilization of Citrus By-Products, 2016; 31-58. Academic Press. Elsevier, Inc. ©2017. ISBN: 978-0-12-809785-4
  5. Eastwood M, Kritchevsky D. Dietary fiber: how did we get where we are? [Abstract]. Annu Rev Nutr 2004;25:1-8.