Guar Gum Partially Hydrolyzed
A gummy substance obtained from legume-family plants, used as a thickener and STABILIZER in commercial food processing. Hydrolysis is a chemical reaction during which molecules of water (H2O) are split into hydrogen (H) and hydroxide anions (OH-) in the process of a chemical mechanism. It is the type of reaction that is used to break down certain polymers, especially those made by step-growth polymerization. Such polymer degradation is usually catalysed by either acid, e.g., concentrated sulfuric acid (H2SO4), or alkali, e.g., sodium hydroxide (NaOH) attack, often increasing with their strength or pH. Hydrolysis is distinct from hydration. In hydration, the hydrated molecule does not "lyse" (break into two new compounds). It should not be confused with hydrogenolysis, a reaction of hydrogen.