Guar Gum

Cluster bean or guar bean is an annual herb that is a source of guar gum. For vegetable use, young ones are harvested and the mature ones (i.e) the seeds are harvested to be dried in a powdered form like flour which is known as guar gum.

Basically, this gum is used as a thickening agent in various industries like ice-cream making, bread making, paper production, cosmetics, etc. Not only in production industries but as you consume it, will be healthier for you. As it has a good amount of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fiber that help you to control your diabetes, and blood pressure, also help in reducing weight, etc.

Xanthan Gum

There is no plant or seed through which we get xanthan gum. It is been derived from various products which contain sugar like dairy products, sugarcane, wheat, soy, corn, etc.

Basically, this gum is also used for thickening. It is been added to food items like sauces, and salad dressing, meat, dairy products, toothpaste it is used for binding which makes it uniform, for preparing water gel in cosmetics this gum is been used, As xanthan gum plays a role of substitute for saliva, it is also helpful in lowering cholesterol and weight but it may also cause low sugar problems if you consume it in much quantity.

As you got the idea about both gums. So, let’s talk about some similarities between Guar gum and Xanthan gum.

  • The main purpose of both the gum is emulsifiers and thickeners. As they are used in recipes that are gluten-free.
  • They both are having the ability to attract thickening water. Which helps them to bind the gluten-free ingredients.
  • They both have the ability to combine oil and vinegar together which helps in frozen food like ice cream.
  • Consuming guar gum or xanthan gum helps in reducing weight.
  • This gum powder has the ability to separate the oil particles by mixing with each other.
  • Gum powder has the ability to float the solid particles in water or anywhere its been added. As it does not allow the solid particles to settle down at the bottom.

Now you know the similarities of both the gums. Then will discuss the dissimilarities (i.e) Guar gum v/s Xanthan gum. Here GG represents (Guar gum) and XG represents (Xanthan gum).

Food Supplement Code:

GG: E412 is the e-number.
XG: E415 is the e-number.

Roots of Gum:

GG: It is derived from the endosperm of guar/cluster beans
XG: It is derived from a bacterium known as Xanthomonas campestris.

Synthetic Nature:

GG: It contains mannose and galactose sugar and biologically it is a polysaccharide.
XG: It is a polysaccharide that comprises pentasaccharide repeat units, which include mannose, glucose, and glucuronic acid.

Industrial use:

GG: Used in industries as a waterproof agent, used as disintegrator tablets, used in dairy products to thicken them like yogurt, milk, etc.
XG: Majorly used in frozen food and beverages, used as a stabilizer to prevent ingredients from separating in the cosmetics industry.

Allergic Reaction:

GG: It causes allergic reactions like itchiness, diarrhea, and flushing.
XG: It causes allergic reactions like bloating, diarrhea, and Stomach cramps.

After knowing about its similarities and difference. More or less both Guar gum and Xanthan gum are used in gluten-free recipes and products. The major difference is they are derived from different sources as one is fully naturally derived and another is derived from sugar-containing products.

Nowadays people are very health conscious as they used to check their product’s ingredients as a priority and accordingly made decisions whether to purchase it or not. Xanthan gum can be a substitute for guar gum but guar gum can’t be the substitute for xanthan gum. Another reason for Guar gum not being a substitute is that this is made from the natural plant name Gwarfali in India whose benefits are well known and its plantation is never going to end.


As you understand both gums are very well and both have their own merits and demerits. If you are thinking to purchase, any of the above gums then the gum which is derived from the natural elements is the best and we Supreme Gums are a leading global supplier of Guar gum. Thinking to purchase we are here for you call us! Now for more information.