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What is Xanthan Gum?

 

Xanthan gum is an ingredient often found in products that do not contain gluten, but can also be found in a wide variety of packaged foods.

 

- considered a safe ingredient

- is a carbohydrate that has been cultured with Xanthomonas campestris bacteria

- is gluten free

- used as a binder and emulsifier (think keeping oil and vinegar mixed)

- often used in gluten free poducts to bind ingredients because these products do not have gluten (the "glue") that keeps the ingredients together

 

References:

 

Haas, Elson M., Staying Healthy with Nutrition. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1992.

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