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  • Guar gum: Patients lost an average of 49.5 lbs after one year

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    Monday, November 22, 2004 12:14 pm Email this article
    One obese patient taking 10 grams of guar gum twice a day lost 136.4 pounds after one year. The other six people taking the same amount of guar gum lost an average of 49.5 pounds. 10 grams is approximately one Tablespoon

    Ten grams of guar gum is approximately one level Tablespoon of guar gum powder.

    It may be easiest to take 5 grams at a time

    Note: Personal experience with guar gum tells me that it may be easier to take 5 grams at a time—1/2 Tablespoon—mix it with water in a dry glass, then mix the other half in a second dry glass and mix with water.

    Otherwise, 10 grams all at once may become too thich too fast to drink.

    Side effect: Mild laxative effect

    The only side effect reported was a mild laxative effect.

    Guar gum from the Indian cluster bean

    Guar gum is obtained from the Indian cluster bean (scientifically classified as Cyamopsis tetragonoloba). (Leeds, 1985).

    Information about dosing and where to buy can be found here.


    Krotkiewski M. Use of fibres in different weight reduction programs. Dietary Fiber and Obesity, 85-109, Alan R. Liss, Inc., New York, 1985.

    Leeds AR. Fiber effects on insulin and glucose metabolism. Dietary Fiber and Obesity, 41-47, Alan R. Liss, Inc., New York, 1985.

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    On Dec 21, 2004 at 7:11 am Dr. Roberts wrote:

    . . . . .

    It is my understanding that the FDA has ordered GNC as well as other distributors of Guar Gum, to discontinue its sale due to adverse reactions.

    On Jan 31, 2005 at 12:27 pm Larry Hobbs wrote:

    . . . . .

    Dr. Roberts,

    I am aware that the FDA ordered guar gum capsules and tablets off the market back in 1992 because some people had the capsules get stuck in their throat and swell, however, I am not aware of any recent actions by the FDA.

    Are you aware of something more recent than this?

    I've taken guar gum powder mixed with water for probably 15 years and have never had a problem.

    I just put it in a dry glass, add maybe 4-6 ounces of water, stir for few seconds, and then drink immediately.

    If you wait even 15-20 seconds to drink it, it will become too thick to drink. Just throw it out and start over with another dry glass.

    Guar gum is used as a thickening agent in some foods, such as sherbet or cheap ice cream, and so I don't think they would be able to ban it altogether.

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