Guar gum is a natural hydrocolloid that is obtained from the ground endosperm of the guar plant. This plant is basically an annual plant that grows in huge number in the arid regions of India as a food crop for the cattle. Mainly India and Pakistan enjoys the pleasure of being at the top of the list of guar growing countries. In India and Pakistan guar plants are generally found from July to December. Though formerly it was used mainly as food crop for animals, this crop is recently getting attraction widely throughout the world for guar gum, claims www.agcommoditiesinc.com. Considering the craze and popularly of bars, sauces, juices and instant beverage throughout the world, a variety of gum system has become a necessity. Till now, the gum and additives used in instant food and beverages were mainly chemical and synthetic. But during recent years the craze and demand of organic food has largely increased the necessity of an organic emulsifier. Guar gum can very stably meet this necessity. Guar gum is basically a polysaccharide (a long chain of sugars) made of the sugars, galactose and mannose. Guar gum is white to off white powder, states www.agcommoditiesinc.com. Being odorless, guar gum can be easily and profusely used in food materials. Emulsifier is, actually, a kind of food additive used to keep oil dispersed and in suspension. An emulsifier is a substance that stabilizes an emulsion. Examples of food emulsifiers are egg yolk (where the main emulsifying chemical is the phospholipid lecithin) and mustard. Emulsifier reacts chemically with both oil and water and thus stabilizes oil-in- water. For this property, emulsifier is largely used in making detergent, soap, and grease for the purpose of cleaning and even in pharmacy to prepare creams and lotions. These emulsifiers are not very much available naturally and organically. Therefore, the organic guar gum has achieved its popularity. Organic guar gum is nowadays processed by companies and is available in the form of guar gum powder in different viscosities. This guar gum powder is widely used in order to serve as thickener in cosmetics. Cosmetics generally contain synthetics that can be harmful to skin. Guar gum powder can be used with safety in cosmetics, states www.agcommoditiesinc.com. This guar gum powder can again be added to sauces and salad dressings as an additive and to ice creams as an agent which prevents ice crystals from forming. Guar gum powder can also be used as fat substitute that adds the "mouth feel" to fat. Consumers however, are not very much aware of the use of guar gum powder as stabilizer. This guar gum powder prevents the 'weeping' of the pastry by keeping the pastry crispy. Guar gum powder can really be a healthy substitute of synthetic stabilizers. Guar gum powder along with various stabilizers are used profusely nowadays for organic food and drink manufactures.
Guar gum powder coupled with xanthan gum or locust bean gum increases the viscosity (thickness) of the food materials while when used alone neither of these two gums (xanthan gum or locust bean gum) can produce such superiority. Thus guar gum powder gives a superb thickness to the food materials like jam, jelly or sauces even when used in a very little quantity, states www.agcommoditiesinc.com. Organic guar gum is soluble fiber that is basically the single greatest dietary aid for preventing constipation and also curing irritable bowel syndrome. But the problem with soluble fiber is that it is not available in the foods such as bran or raw green vegetables that are thought to have fiver. On the contrary, soluble fiber is available in the foods commonly thought to have starches, such as cereal grains like barley, oatmeal. Oat bran, fruits like apple, banana, black berry and vegetables like broccoli, brussels, sprouts and carrots. Sources of soluble fiber are rice pasta, noodles, potatoes, carrots, beets, mushrooms etc. But high consumption of these "starchy" foods may result into gaining calories for the consumer. Here organic guar gum can serve a lot. Organic guar gum can be used as a natural laxative while the other sources of soluble fiber cannot. Organic guar gum containing a high quantity of soluble fiber can be a very good aid to both irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea. The soluble fiber present in organic guar gum dissolves in water though it is not digested. From www.agcommoditiesinc.com you can know that organic guar gum when consumed helps to absorb excess liquid in the colon adding a great deal of bulk as it passes intact through the gut. This natural laxative (organic guar gum) has the capacity to prevent diarrhea. Besides being a natural laxative, organic guar gum adds no calorie to the body of consumer, as the soluble fiber content in organic guar gum is never digested in the body of consumer. Moreover, being fully organic, this natural laxative contains no harmful chemicals as found in synthetic laxatives and thus has no side effect. So, this almost unknown substance on one hand improves thickening, suspension, freeze/ thaw stability, emulsion, stability and mouth feel properties to bakery, dairy products, meat, sauces, beverages, pharmaceuticals, ice creams, pet food etc. www.agcommoditiesinc.com states that it provides natural laxative to the consumer free with his favorite beverage. In conclusion, one thing worth mentioning is that, organic guar gum is not only an additive to food materials and laxative but also has wide application in textile printing, mining, water treatment, oil-drilling processing cigarette paper, explosives, agriculture and even soil erosion.