Also called guaran, it is extracted
from the seed of the leguminous shrub Cyamopsis tetragonoloba, where
it acts as a food and water store.
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
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.