Xanthan Gum Safe?

By Jenna Shaw

Is Xanthan Gum Safe?

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Xanthan Gum (XG) is a carbohydrate that is made from several sugars, it is produced from the fermentation of bacteria. It is used as a thickener and stabilizer in many processed foods that range from salad dressings to baked goods. For example XG keeps the oil contents of salad dressing together from separating and floating. In egg white substitutes it keeps the egg whites together and takes over the job of the yolk binding the contents together. In ice cream it prevents the formation of ice crystals ensuring that the ice cream remains smooth, rich and creamy.

What is in Xanthan Gum?

Xanthan Gum can be derived from corn, wheat or soy, so unless you know exactly where your source of XG is coming from then you want to avoid it if you are allergic to gluten and living a gluten-free lifestyle as it may contain traces of gluten. Contact the manufacture of the product or check out their website for more information on the source of the XG before consuming. As a consumer you have the right to know what you are consuming, so take some time and do some research. From our experience we have noticed people’s migraines stopped after consuming XG and their digestive tract improve.

So is Xanthan Gum Safe?

XG is a food additive and is safe if used in moderate amounts, assuming you are not allergic to it. It is a form of fiber and some people could find it indigestible. If you are allergic to gluten then be cautious and avoid xanthan gum as it could be derived from corn. We would not recommend XG if you are pregnant, breast feeding, have bowel problems or have intestine pain. A good substitute to try would be Locust Bean Gum or Guar Gum. Visit our Xanthan Gum Substitute page for a list of substitutes to try and enjoy your healthy lifestyle.


Author: Jenna

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