Xanthan Gum Side Effects

By Jenna Shaw

The Most Common Xanthan Gum Side Effects

Xanthan GumXanthan Gum is safe if used in moderate amounts, however if you have a know allergy or have consumed a large amount of the gum then side effects can occur. This article covers some of the most common side effects that can occur.

Xanthan Gum is a food thickener / stabilizing agent used to bind food together read more about it here. It can be used as a laxative for constipation, however if too much is consumed then side effects such as bloating and intestinal problems can occur.

The World Health Organization (WHO) have recommended the following daily intakes:

When used as a Food Additive: 10 mg/kg

When used as a Laxative: 15mg

It is best to read the labels on foods and take note of how much you are consuming to avoid some of the typical side effects that can occur. If the food packaging does not contain the information then you may have to contact the manufacturer and ask them directly. As consumers we have a right to know what is contained in the foods we purchase.

The Most Common Xanthan Gum Side Effects

  • Bloating and Intestinal Gas from consuming large quantities
  • Nose and Throat Irritation if exposed to the powder for sustained periods
  • Lung Problems
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty Passing Stool
  • Headache
  • Stomach or Abdominal Pain

Xanthan Gum Side Effects Summary

If you have an allergy to corn, soy or wheat then you may want to seek an alternative stabilizing agent. Also if you are currently pregnant or breast feeding then it is best to stay on the safe side and avoid consuming a large amount of the gum as there have not been enough tests completed to verify the safety of consuming while pregnant or breast feeding. Please contact your doctor or health professional for more information. If you have a known allergy to xanthan gum then you should check out our article on the many Xanthan Gum Substitutes available.


Author: Jenna



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