Guar Gum For Cholesterol?

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In Praise of Guar Gum

One problem with being on a low-carbohydrate diet is how to thicken sauces and stews that ordinarily use flour. Stew without a thickener is really soup, in my book anyway. And sometimes I want stew, not soup.


That’s when guar gum comes to the rescue.


Guar gum is a galactomannan, meaning it’s a polysaccharide made from the sugars galactose and mannose. We can’t digest the polysaccharide, although bacteria in our intestines may eat the stuff. Thus guar gum is classified as a fiber.


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