Journal of Food Science and Technology

, Volume 51, Issue 3, pp 409–418 | Cite as

Guar gum: processing, properties and food applications—A Review

  • Deepak Mudgil
  • Sheweta Barak
  • Bhupendar Singh KhatkarEmail author


Guar gum is a novel agrochemical processed from endosperm of cluster bean. It is largely used in the form of guar gum powder as an additive in food, pharmaceuticals, paper, textile, explosive, oil well drilling and cosmetics industry. Industrial applications of guar gum are possible because of its ability to form hydrogen bonding with water molecule. Thus, it is chiefly used as thickener and stabilizer. It is also beneficial in the control of many health problems like diabetes, bowel movements, heart disease and colon cancer. This article focuses on production, processing, composition, properties, food applications and health benefits of guar gum.


Cholesterol Cluster bean Dietary fiber Guar gum Hydration rate Viscosity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deepak Mudgil
    • 1
  • Sheweta Barak
    • 1
  • Bhupendar Singh Khatkar
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Food TechnologyGuru Jambheshwar University of Science and TechnologyHisarIndia

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