Guar gum is a powder produced from guar beans. It is used in many foods as a thickener, stabilizer, binder, and emulsifier, as well as in gluten-free and gluten-containing baked goods to improve the dough and shelf-life.

Health considerations

Guar gum is a viscous soluble fiber; when consumed, it absorbs liquid and expands within the stomach and intestines. Within the stomach this increases satiety, and within the intestines this promotes regular bowel movements. When supplemented in the diet it has been seen to promote weight loss by reducing hunger, regulate blood glucose, and decrease serum cholesterol.

May be found in

Non-dairy milks, ice cream, yogurt, whipped cream, bread, sauces, canned soup, instant oatmeal, processed meat


The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
British Journal of Nutrition

Alternative Spellings and Names

Guaran, E412

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