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more info on guar gum…
Affects Blood Sugar
Guar gum may slow down the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream after eating. Although many people would consider this a positive attribute, for diabetics this can cause glucose fluctuations, interfering with other drugs and treatment plans. According to Shire Pharmaceuticals, guar gum is potent enough to be “used as an adjunct to other antidiabetic drugs in the treatment of diabetes mellitus.” Consult your physician before incorporating guar gum into your diet if you have diabetes.
Digestive Tract Problems
Flatulence, stomach distention and intestinal obstruction are common side effects of guar gum. Guar gum may swell up to 20 times its original amount, producing carbon dioxide and hydrogen during fermentation in the large intestine. If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, monitor your guar gum intake closely.