Xanthan Gum is produced by the pure culture fermentation of the microorganism Xanthomonas Campestris to yield a type of gel fiber similar to guar gum. It is commonly used in thickening food products.
Guar Gum FAQ's
What is Guar Gum?
Guar (Cyamopsis tetragonolobus) is a leguminous plant that grows in semiarid regions of the world such as India and Pakistan. It bears many bean-like pods, each of which contains six to nine small, rounded seeds. The guar seed is typically made up of 40% to 46% germ, 38% to 45% endosperm, and 14% to 16% husk. The gum is obtained from the grounded endosperm.
How is NOW® Guar Gum prepared?
NOW® Foods SuperCol guar gum is prepared by removing the husk and germ portions before extracting the gum from the endosperm, to yield the pure product.Chemically, guar gum is a galactomannan.
What is Guar Gum used for?
As the label on the Guar gum powder suggests this product is used as a baking aid for recipes that use gluten free flours. Gluten is needed to impart elasticity to the dough which would allow it hold in the gases formed by fermentation which causes the rising effect. Guar and xanthan gums act as a substitutes for the missing gluten in gluten free recipes. If you want to use this powder as a water soluble fiber, consider adding 1/2 teaspoon to 12-16oz of flitered water and drink immediately.