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