PHGG? What is PHGG? PHGG stands for Partially Hydrolysed Guar Gum, which is often shortened to PHGG so it’s not so much of a mouthful. Derived from the guar beans, this functional food powder is a water-soluble fibre that acts as a prebiotic in the intestinal tract to help support a healthy intestinal ecosystem. PHGG is a naturally derived ingredient that is taste-free, odour-free, and easily dissolves on liquids and can be added to cooking and baking. Guar gum may be familiar to you as it is often used as a thickener or stabiliser in sauces and other processed foods. It can help to act as a prebiotic to encourage the growth of health-promoting gut bacteria.
Through the ingestion of PHGG, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) sufferers have experienced an improvement in quality of life, increased stool frequency, experienced softer stools, reduced flatulence, cramping and abdominal bloating, and normalised bowel motions (ideal for both constipation and diarrhoea). This can be good news for those of us who suffer from bad gut health as all these observations suggest that PHGG is a very useful dietary fibre for a number of digestive symptoms and can assist in improving our digestive health.
There are multiple benefits of taking PHGG, which includes:
- It may also help constipation as it mildly boosts bowel frequency
- Improve symptoms for both constipation-dominant and diarrhoea-dominant IBS
- Promotes a healthy intestinal ecosystem
- Reduces irritable bowel symptoms
- Contains live beneficial bacteria that improve the health and diversity of the gastrointestinal flora
Different types of fibres for Gut Health
There are two different types of fibres – soluble and insoluble fibres. When eaten, these two fibres affect the body differently. Insoluble fibre remains relatively unchanged throughout the gut, bulking up stool and speeding up the passage of food and waste. Soluble fibre, on the other hand, is more complex. Soluble fibres become a gel-like paste in your stomach, this paste is very good at absorbing sugar, fat and cholesterol from other foods so that you don’t absorb them into your blood. This is why PHGG is beneficial, as it’s a soluble fibre without the viscosity soluble fibres have.