What is gel?

Irina Saprykina
Irina Saprykina
December 22, 2014
What is gel?

Gel, in Latin "gelo", is translated as "freeze" and perfectly describes the properties of this substance. In many languages, the translation sounds like “jelly” and also immediately gives an idea of ​​the structure of the gel. Hearing this word, we immediately imagine not too liquid, but not a thick mass, slightly sticky and sticky.

What is gel? Gels are dispersed systems that have some properties of solids, namely the ability to maintain shape, elasticity, strength, and at the same time plasticity. Thanks to these qualities, gels have found massive use in industry and cooking.

Gel in industry

The word "gel" is used in relation to many industrial products, especially cosmetic and domestic nature. So, in the shops you can find gel-cream for skin care, shampoo-gel for washing hair and shower gel, gel for washing hands and shaving gel, gel-varnish for hair styling and therapeutic gel for the care of the nail plate. All these tools are popular among buyers and the demand for them is constantly growing.This is quite logical, because the structure of the gel is more dense, which means the funds will be spent economically. The gel may be a form of the drug.

Gel in cooking

Gel, or jelly, is used in cooking. So, for example, gel from agar-agar helps to preserve a fresh type of berries and fruits on cakes and pastries. Known recipes with cooking jelly from beef broth, which by its texture is a gel.