Gut Happy – Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum (PHGG) – Prebiotic Fibre

Gut Happy – Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum (PHGG) – Prebiotic Fibre


The importance of prebiotic fibres

Whilst probiotics get all the attention, prebiotics need their time in the spotlight too!

Prebiotics are like the fertilizer to our garden (gut flora/ good bacteria/ probiotics). Prebiotic Fibre nourishes the good bacteria already in the gut and inhibits the growth of bad bacteria (the nasty stuff). Prebiotics help boost immunity, as they enhance our ability to absorb important nutrients and trace minerals from the foods we eat.


If symptoms persist we recommend to consult your qualified naturopath or general practitioner for the best prebiotic fibre and protocol for you

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Important information

Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum vs. Guar Gum

It's important to recognize the differences between PHGG and guar gum.

Guar gum comes from guar beans, which are raised predominantly in India. The main prebiotic starch found in guar gum is glucomannan. The bacteria in your colon will ferment glucomannan into intestinal fuel called short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) like butyrate, propionate, and acetate. These SCFAs provide wide-reaching benefits for gut and immune health.

PHGG is derived from guar gum and contains glucomannan, yet has some different properties. Both PHGG and guar gum will promote production of healthy SCFAs, but PHGG is better tolerated and arguably safer to use as a supplement.

Guar gum is often used as a thickener and stabiliser in sauces and other food applications. This thickening can also happen in your stomach and gut too. Guar gum is viscous and will swell with water and create gels and thicken solutions. This can be too much for those with constipation or risk of intestinal blockages. PHGG is much less viscous than guar gum.

It's important to recognize that PHGG is different from standard Guar Gum.

Whilst guar gum is safe in the amounts found in commercial foods, it can still be problematic as a supplement. Some clients with intestinal problems find benefit from removing guar-gum containing foods, even when the presence in foods is relatively small.

It is important to bring this up because PHGG is very different. 

PHGG lacks the "viscous" or swelling properties of guar gum. These properties minimise uncomfortable side effects while still offering prebiotic benefits.


What is it?

Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum (PHGG) is a natural vegetable dietary fibre that is derived from guar gum. It's 100% natural, taste free, odour free, gluten free and GMO free. It easily dissolves in liquid, and can be added to cooking and baking. It is suitable for Kosher and vegan diets… and it’s good for your gut! No way! 

PHGG is also IBS, FODMAPs & SIBO friendly! Yes way!

The benefits to you

PHGG is said to aid in intestinal & colon health, help relieve flatulence, bloating, indigestion and altered bowel habits. PHGG can help provide gentle relief of constipation in both children and adults. It can help to act as a prebiotic to encourage growth of health–promoting gut bacteria. It is said to aid in weight loss as it helps provide a healthy satiety effect without blocking the gut. It also is said to promote essential mineral absorption and help control blood sugar levels!

If symptoms persist we recommend to consult your qualified naturopath or general practitioner for the best prebiotic fibre and protocol for you.