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