E412 - Guar gum

E412, also known as guar gum, is a naturally-derived food additive widely used in the food industry.


Guar gum is valued in the food industry for its thickening and stabilizing properties. Its natural origin and versatility make it a common ingredient in many food products. It is an example of a food additive that can enhance the texture and quality of various products while generally being considered safe for consumption.

Characteristics of Guar Gum (E412):

  • Origin: Guar gum is derived from the seeds of the Cyamopsis tetragonoloba plant, native to India.
  • Composition: Mainly composed of glucomannans, which are polysaccharides made up of mannose and galactose residues.
  • Appearance: Guar gum is typically in the form of a white powder.

Physical Properties:

  • Solubility: Soluble in cold water.
  • Viscosity: Has the ability to form viscous solutions.

Common Uses:

  • Food Industry: Used as a thickener, stabilizer, and gelling agent in a variety of food products, including soups, sauces, ice creams, baked goods, and dairy products.
  • Cosmetic Industry: Sometimes used in personal care products for its thickening properties.
  • Texture: Contributes to improving the texture and consistency of food products.
  • Stability: Guar gum is stable under a wide range of pH and temperature conditions.
  • Emulsifier: Can act as an emulsifier, helping maintain the stability of emulsions in certain products.
  • Gluten-Free: Suitable for individuals following a gluten-free diet.
  • Regulation: The use of guar gum is regulated in the food industry to ensure its safety.
  • Usage Amount: Used in small quantities as a food additive.

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25kg bag
Name / Reference
E412 - Guar gum

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