Guar gum can best be described as a natural food thickener, similar to locust bean gum, cornstarch or tapioca flour. Guar gum is said to have significantly more thickening ability than cornstarch, at a fraction of the cost. This has made guar gum a popular additive in products such as puddings and ice creams. Until recently, guar gum was also an ingredient in non-prescription diet pills designed to create a sense of fullness.
The guar plant, also known as a cluster plant, grows primarily in Pakistan and the northern regions of India. It thrives on the drought/monsoon cycles present in those areas. The plants are harvested after the monsoon season and the seeds are allowed to dry in the sun. The seeds are then manually or mechanically separated and processed into a flour or sold as split seeds. Guar gum is an important cash crop for the Indian and Pakistani economies.
What Is Guar Gum?
There ya go. It's a thickener made from a seed. Sounds as paleo as a thicker can get. At least it's natural. It's not the guar gum I have an issue with. Hell, I have a 1 pound bag of xanthan gum in my cupboard that I use somewhat regularly. My issue with Taste of Thai is the cost. They don't deserve a 50+% markup when there are much cheaper brands with the same ingredients and consistency. Another good brand is "Grace" brand coconut milk if you can't find Jamacian Choice. They're both in red cans and they're both about the same price point.