Guar Gum

rajasthani-guaralso known as guaran or guar or galactomannan is made from guar beans found in India. The off-white flour of guar is widely used in rajasthani cuisine as an thickening agent. It’s high soluble fiber content acts as a laxative to relieve bowel and related ailments. In the US guar supplements were promoted heavily for its ability to lower the glycemic index by slowing down digestion but was eventually made unavailable over the counter due to improper usage in supplements. Recent Japanese studies have shown it’s benefits in increasing nutrient absorption in colon during reduced calorie diets.