Health Canada approves partially hydrolyzed guar gum as a dietary fiber source

June 4, 2013

Health Canada has approved partially hydrolyzed guar gum for use as a dietary fiber source. Made by Taiyo International and marketed as Sunfiber, it is a soluble, transparent, and tasteless dietary fiber.

“While there have been a select number of soluble fibers recently approved by Health Canada, Sunfiber is a galactomannan-based fiber (as opposed to a sugar/starch based fiber) that allows product formulators to bring the benefits of this truly regulating fiber to consumers who are looking for a unique, more comfortable fiber source,” said Taiyo’s Vice President Lekh Juneja.

Sunfiber is low in viscosity, improves stability of beverages at various pH levels, and is resistant to heat, acid, and digestive enzymes. In addition to its blood glucose benefits, Sunfiber improves absorption of minerals (such as calcium, iron, and zinc) and aids protein utilization. Sunfiber has prebiotic characteristics that stimulate health-promoting indigenous bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria.