Guar gum is an ingredient that is often seen in the nonprescription weight loss industry with claims that it will help to stop fats contained in foods from being absorbed by the body, while at the same time it will promote a feeling of fullness so that you will be less likely to overeat. However, this type of claim has been made about a tremendous number of different ingredients. It is important for you to look into them more closely before actually simply believing the claims that are made about them.
In the case of guar gum, this substance is obtained from the seed of the guar plant. It is a dietary fiber that is said to absorb fat from food and that fills up a lot of space in the stomach so that it promotes a sense of fullness, even though it will not actually be absorbed and, therefore, will not contribute to the daily calorie total.
Guar gum is actually one of the dietary fibers that have been studied the most when it comes to weight loss. That said, the majority of research has come to the conclusion that using this substance for the purpose of reducing fat levels on the body is ineffective. A number of reputable web databases such as WebMD and The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database have labeled this ingredient as being “possibly ineffective.”
That said, there are some side effects that are associated with the use of guar gum as a diet supplement, which means that even if a dieter does want to try out this fiber to see if it will work for them, this action will not be without its risks. Fortunately, the majority of the side effects associated with this ingredient are considered to be mild to moderate. The two most common side effects are gas and diarrhea, as it can also be used as a laxative.
Guar gum has been effectively used for other purposes in natural medicine, but taking this product by mouth does not appear to help people to lose weight. It is considered likely to be safe to use, despite its potential uncomfortable side effects. That said, its safe use is dependent on its having been taken with a minimum of 8 ounces of water. The reason is that without the added water at the time of taking this ingredient, there is a risk of choking, as well as a chance of developing an intestinal blockage.
Guar gum is highly absorbent of moisture and it requires that liquid in order to be able to safely pass through the entire length of the digestive system.