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(1) Because guar gum is a soluble fiber, neither of these effects is particularly surprising.
Other animal studies conducted to test the safety of guar gum concluded that it is not carcinogenic or teratogenic (harmful to growing fetuses).
(17) The study authors concluded that gum arabic is at least as effective a prebiotic as inulin, if not more so.
Many of you are probably aware that inulin is sold as a prebiotic supplement, so that’s pretty significant!
(11)Although 21g per day is far more guar gum than anyone would reasonably encounter in their diet, even small amounts could cause unpleasant symptoms in those with sensitive digestive systems, and I’ve had patients with gut issues improve after removing guar gum from their diet.
With that in mind, I think it makes sense to avoid guar gum if you have gut issues, like small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) or IBS, unless you’ve removed it and added it back in without noticing any harmful effects.
(12)Similar to guar gum, locust bean gum has also been studied in humans as a potential cholesterol-lowering compound.
In one study where subjects were given 21g of guar gum per day for 3 months, two participants dropped out due to excessive gas and abdominal discomfort.Participants did report increased gas, but it went away after a week or two, and no other harmful effects were reported.