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Guar Gum

Guar Gum2014-07-07T14:55:54+00:00

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  • hazymandolin
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    Does anyone have any info on whether guar gum is highly fermentable?

    Norm Robillard
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    Guar gum is soluble branched galactomannon fiber meaning it has a mannose sugar backbone and galactose sugar side groups. Guar gum comes from the endosperm of the guar seed and is found in a variety of foods including legumes, oatmeal, barley, ice cream, soups and baked goods. It’s a great thickening agent, but it’s most definitely fermentable. The FP is essentially 100% of the gross weight.

    hazymandolin
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    Thanks Norm. I was looking at using it in homemade ice cream where the quantities are pretty small, but with an FP of 100% I think I will give it a wide berth for now. At least until I have been symptom free for some time. The ice cam can wait 🙂

    Norm Robillard
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    I see. The big thing is keeping overall FP levels in check. If it’s only a few grams and you keep your overall levels in line, it might not be a problem. Maybe something to experiment with when your symptoms are under control.

    Norm Robillard
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    Here’s a bit more info on Guar gum. One talblespoon weighs approximately 12 grams or 0.44 ounces. That amount has an FP of 10 grams. If you used this amount in a recipe that makes 10 servings, that would only be 1 gram per serving.

    hazymandolin
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    Great info, thanks!

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