Guar Gum acts as a thickening agent in salad dressings, in non-dairy plant based “ice cream” and other recipes. Several references on the internet say it is a polysaccharide. This means that it is a long chain of sugars made of the sugars galactose and mannose.
About Guar Gum
Guar, also called guaran, is extracted from the seed of the leguminous shrub Cyamopsis tetragonoloba, where it acts as a food and water store. It’s similar to locust bean gum. Guar is a polysaccharide (a long chain of sugars) made of the sugars galactose and mannose. This long chain acts as a thickening agent in dressings and other recipes, particularly where heating is not desired. Guar gum is not usually sold in markets. However, some health food stores and drug stores carry it, as do some coops. It is also available online.
We have some practical examples of how this gum is used in various recipes, please take a look at our salad dressings and desserts.
Some background information:
Over the years, people have been asking us, “What do vegans eat?” This is probably because they first think about a flesh product as the main meal, and then think about everything else as a side dish. So, we began publishing the huge variety of plant foods that are available for us to eat in this section of our web site. Additionally, we are always on the lookout for something new to add to our collection and experiment with to incorporate into our meals. We have also found that eating mostly unprocessed plant foods make us much more healthy.
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