Guar gum, or guaran, is the primary product of guar grains. The guar seeds are dehusked, screened and milled to obtain the gum, and is typically produced as an off white, prolix powder. Here are three things you didn’t know about guar gum:
- India is the largest producer of guar gum, with an annual produce of 2.5-3.5 million tons, constituting about 80% of the global production. Other principal areas favoring guar gum’s growth are Pakistan, the US, Australia and Africa.
- Guar gum is used in gluten free ice cream as it reduces ice crystals comprehensively by slowing mass transfer across the solid/liquid alloy. It is also effective for making husky pastes without turning them into a gel since it is a hydrocolloid, which is able to thicken hot and cold liquids, prepare heated gels, light froths as an ointment stabilizer. It can also be used for sauces, cottage cheese, frozen desserts, soups and yogurt.
- Guar gum is used as a waterproofing agent mixed with other chemicals in the explosives industry. It is also used in hydraulic fracturing or fracking, i.e. for extracting shale oil and gas. 90% of India and Pakistan’s guar gum produce is used by the extraction industries for this process.
These are 3 things you probably didn’t know about guar gum, but now you can see how beneficial the substance is for multiple purposes.