Foods high in pectin help to reduce cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood sugar, alleviate diarrhea, and prevent prostate cancer. Pectin also relieves sore throats and constipation, helps with weight loss and prevents gallstones, according to the Diet Health Club.
Pectin is a soluble fiber found in oranges, carrots, apples and citrus peels, according to the Diet Heath Club. Pectin, which is also available in nutritional supplements, is mainly used to manage rising cholesterol levels. Incorporating grapefruit pectin into diets for at least 16 weeks significantly reduces the bad cholesterol in blood. The viscous gel-like attribute of pectin increases the excretion of bile acids and, subsequently, helps to lower blood pressure. Apple pectin is also beneficial for diabetes patients because it reduces blood sugar levels.
Pectin absorbs water during digestion and slows down the absorption of carbohydrates. Consequently, pectin keeps blood glucose stable, reduces hunger pangs and helps people lose weight, claims the Diet Health Club. The pectin fiber also increases the viscosity of stools and, subsequently, helping to relieve diarrhea. Additionally, pectin may combine with heavy metals and removes them from the body. Taking foods rich in pectin such as bananas, apples and some vegetables reduces joint pain, inflammation and stiffness, especially in people with arthritis.