A simple water-soluble protein found in many animal tissues and fluids, including blood plasma and egg white.
The word "albumin" comes from the latin word "albumen" meaning "white of an egg".
- Albumin is an important part of the blood that helps to keep fluid inside the blood vessels.
- Albumin is used in many medical applications such as plasma expanders and wound healing.
- Albumin deficiency can be an indicator of several health conditions such as liver disease.
- Albumin is used in the food industry as a binder, thickener, and emulsifier.
- Egg albumin is commonly used in baking to provide structure and volume to cakes and meringues.