GAUR SEED / GUM POWDER: Guar has many functions for human and animal nutrition, but the gelling agent in its seeds (guar gum) are the most important use. Demand is rising due to the use of guar gum in hydraulic fracturing (oil shale gas). About 80% of world production occurs in India. Guar leaves can be used like spinach, and the pods are prepared like salad or vegetables. Its beans are nutritious, but guar protein is not usable by humans unless toasted to destroy the trypsin inhibitor. Guar plants can be used as cattle feed. In several food and beverages guar gum is used as additive to change its viscosity or as fiber source. Guar gum is extracted from guar beans that has thickening and stabilizing properties useful in food, feed, and industrial applications. The guar seeds are mechanically dehusked, hydrated, milled and screened according to application. It is typically produced as a free-flowing, off-white powder.