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Risks of Guar Gum Diet Supplements

During the early 1990s, certain diet/ weight loss supplements were said to cause weight loss by decreasing appetite and blocking the absorption of fat. Their ingredient was guar gum, a soluble fiber used in small amounts as a thickener in sauces, desserts, syrups, and various other foods. When taken by mouth, guar gum forms a gel within the stomach that may contribute to a feeling of fullness and block absorption of a few nutrients. However, neither of these characteristics is enough to produce weight loss.

Some guar gum diet supplements swell to 4 or 5 times their original size and assume the consistency of putty. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration collected reports of at least 17 cases of esophageal obstruction among users of these guar-gum weight loss supplements. Hospital stays were required by ten of these people, one of whom died. Other reports of harm involved stomach obstruction, upper and lower intestinal obstruction, nausea, and vomiting.

So, before buying any diet supplements containing guar-gum for weight loss purposes, please consult your doctor.

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