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Introduction

  • Guar gum, also called guaran, is a galactomannan. It is primarily the ground endosperm of guar beans.
  • Guar gum is more soluble than locust bean gum and is a better emulsifier as it has more galactose branch points.
  • Guar gum retards ice crystal growth non-specifically by slowing mass transfer across the solid/liquid interface.
  • Guar Gum (Galactomanan) is a high molecular weight carbohydrate polymer made up of a large number of mannose and galactose unit linked together.

Production

  • Guar gum is extracted from the guar bean, where it acts as a food and water store.
  • The guar seeds are dehusked, milled and screened to obtain the guar gum.
  • In India the commercial production of Guar gum is normally undertaken by using process of roasting, differential attrition, sieving and polishing.
  • To get the best yield and harvesting results of guar seeds these seeds are sown in sandy soils, in the regions like North West India and some areas of Pakistan along with major regions in the west.

Application

  • The largest market for guar gum is in the food industry. In the US, differing percentages are set for its allowable concentration in various food applications.
  • Guar gum as a thickener, stabilizer as well as a source of high dietary soluble fiber (80 % minimum on dry basis) has a variety of uses.
  • Guar gum powder can also be used as fat substitute that adds the "mouth feel" to fat.

Market

  • India Ranks First in the production of guar which is grown in the North Western part of the Country Which mainly includes the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Punjab.
  • India Followed by Pakistan and US is the key producer of Guar Seeds constituting approximately 80% of the over all production.
  • The demand for guar gum is still growing rapidly because in addition to its indispensable role in lowering serum cholesterol and glucose levels, it is also considered helpful in weight loss programs. 

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