Guar Gum

E 412 Guar Gum

post by Aditya Prakash Singh


Thickener and stabilizer.



It is originally a fiber from the seeds of the guar plant. Typically used as an additive to thicken and bind food products.



Naturally occurring seed gum from a tree of the pea family.



It is shown to cause an increase in gas production and diarrhea. Additionally, not drinking enough fluid after having guar gum can result in the blockage of the esophagus and the intestines.



It is used as a laxative and helps relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome(IBS) and diabetes. It is also shown to reduce high blood pressure and keep cholesterol levels under check.


Used in

Guar gum is added to bread, yoghurt, cakes, pasta, ice cream, baked goods and tomato ketchup. It is also used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products.


Global usage

Allowed to use in Europe and the US.