is extracted from the guar bean
Guar gum is a cold water soluble polysaccharide
, consisting of mannose
units. This ability to hydrate without heating makes it very useful in many industrial and food applications.
Solutions with different gum concentrations can be used as emulsifiers and stabilizers[?] because they prevent oil droplets from coalescing.
Guar gum is also used as suspension stabilizer.
Industrial applications of Guar gum
The largest market for Guar gum (EU food additive code
E412) is in the food industry, where guar gum is used as a thickener and binder of free water in sauces, salad dressings, ice creams, instant noodles, pet foods, processed meats, bread improvers and beverages to name some.
Guar gum has very similar properties to locust bean gum[?], which is extracted from the seeds of the carob[?] tree (Seratonia siliqua).
Demand for guar gum is still growing and the production of guar bean has expanded to other countries.
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