Guar gum is a low-cost all-purpose thickener derived from the endosperm of the plant Cyamopsis tetragonoloba that grows in India and Pakistan. Since this gum comes from a seed, it is widely accepted as a label-friendly ingredient.
Guar gum can be used alone or in combination with other gums to change the texture or stabilize a range of foods and beverages. It is often used to prevent ice crystal formation in soft serve ice cream, thicken and add mouthfeel in sauces and dressings or prevent runny instant oatmeal.
TIC Gums also offers TICorganic® certified organic guar gum.
Most gums, including guar gum, have a tendency to lump when added to water but just a few minor changes to your production process may alleviate issues dissolving the powder.
Learn more by watching the Guar Gum episode of our Basics of Food Gums series.