What Is Sunfiber?
When it comes to regulating your intestinal microbiota, dietary fiber has always played a hugely significant part. For one thing, dietary fiber can instigate prebiotic effects like supporting the growth of your ‘good’ intestinal microorganisms.1
One particularly useful type of dietary fiber is partially hydrolyzed guar gum (called “PHGG” for short). Sometimes referred to as Sunfiber, PHHG is a natural dietary fiber. It often comes in the form of a white, water-soluble powder. When mixed with water, the colorless fiber dissolves and is nearly tasteless.
One of the traits that makes Sunfiber so useful in your gut is its stability and soluble nature at several pH levels. Furthermore, Sunfiber is resistant to extreme heat, high acid levels, salt, high pressure, and various types of digestive enzymes.2
Today, Sunfiber is used as a powerful ingredient in food products, beverages, and therapeutic foods. According to the FDA reviews, Sunfiber is safe, natural, and functional.3
History Of Sunfiber
Again, Sunfiber comes from partially hydrolyzed guar gum. Guar gum is a promising, gel-forming soluble fiber. It’s made by grinding the endosperm of the cluster bean (aka the Cyamoposis tetragonolobus L.). The cluster bean plant has been cultivated for centuries in India and Pakistan.
The first recorded use of guar gum was in American food products in 1949. And since 1953, seeds from the plant have been processed and used as a food thickener and emulsion stabilizer.4
The fiber in guar gum exists in other natural sources as well. For instance, you can find Sunfiber in coffee beans, alfalfa seeds, pineapple, and locust beans.5 Or you may look to supplements to up your Sunfiber intake. Just make sure to get your doctor’s approval before making any changes to your diet, including the use of supplements.