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VIDOFIBRES GF 6 A – Guar Gum Fibre.

Prebiotic, soluble dietary fibre from partially hydrolysed guar gum.

VIDOFIBRES GF 6 A  is a galactomannan based soluble dietary fibre made from hydrolysed guar gum. It is a powder that can be easily added to a wide variety of foods, beverages and supplements and hardly impacts the flavour, colour or texture of the products it is added to. Partially hydrolysed guar gum is an excellent prebiotic for maintaining digestive health and microflora balance.

  • High fibre content of min. 85%.
  • Low viscosity.
  • Water holding capacity: 5 – 10 g water / g of fibre.
  • Free-flowing powder, good solubility.
  • Odourless, tasteless, off-white colour.
  • Vegan, Non-GMO.
  • Good heat- and low-pH stability.

Dietary fibre is either soluble or insoluble. Insoluble fibre creates the bulk in your stool. VIDOFIBRES GF 6 A is a soluble, low-FODMAP fibre. Sources of insoluble fibre are the skins of fruits and grains, nuts, seeds. Soluble fibre dissolves in water, aids digestion, feeds beneficial bacteria, moderates glucose absorption, lowers cholesterol and increases satiety. Some soluble fibres may lead to additional gas, bloating and loose stools.

FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Disaccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols) are a group of dietary sugars which are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. They are known to cause gas-related pain, intestinal distention and constipation and diarrhoea in people suffering from functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Low-FODMAP diets help to reduce these symptoms.

Many high-fibre foods are also high in FODMAPs. People with FGID and IBS typically have difficulty meeting the recommended daily intake of fibre in their diets, and they may not get enough soluble fibre which is essential for gut health and regularity.

Guar gum is a water-soluble carbohydrate made from the guar plant seed. It is used in the food industry for its thickening, gelling and stabilizing properties based on its high viscosity. While guar gum and VIDOFIBRES GF 6 A come from the same source, VIDOFIBRES GF 6 A has a low viscosity and is used as a fibre source rather than a textural ingredient or stabilizer.

Hydrolyzation is a controlled thermal (or enzymatic) process that breaks the guar gum down into smaller units, resulting in a much lower viscosity, while maintaining the original fibre content.

Guar gum fibre is a prebiotic fibre that is different from non-galactomannan based fibres; it produces “short-chain fatty acids” (SCFA) in the gut via a fermentation process. Guar gum fibre prolongs the fermentation process resulting in a higher(Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) total amount of SCFAs that are produced over a more extended period of time, leading to significantly less gas, bloating and discomfort.

There are three main types of SCFA; Acetates, Propionates, and Butyrates. The acetates and propionates tend to transfer through the walls of the intestine and get metabolized in muscle or liver. Still, the butyrates remain in the digestive system, and the beneficial microflora uses these as a food/energy source.

Here is a summary of a review article which explains in more detail the prebiotic function of partially hydrolysed guar gum: Rao, Theertham Pradyumna, and Giuseppina Quartarone. “Role of guar fibre in improving digestive health and function.” Nutrition (2018).