Emulsifiers, Stabilisers, Thickeners
and Gelling Agents.
Also called guaran, it is extracted from the seed of the leguminous
shrub Cyamopsis tetragonoloba, where it acts as a food and water
In the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry Guar gum
is used as an effective binder, stabiliser, disintegrator and
thickener. Widely used in bakeries, diaries and the production
of processed meat, dressings and sauces.
It is an important natural food supplement with high nutritional
value, for weight gain and cholesterol reduction. In cosmetics,
especially shampoos and toothpastes, guar gum is used primarily
as a thickening and suspending agent. In beverages, it is used
as stabiliser for preparing chocolate drinks and juices. Guar
is also widely used in tobacco, leather, insecticides and pesticides,
crayons and adhesives amongst others.
Known adverse effects are flatulence, diarrhoea, abdominal
distension and intestinal obstruction.