Yes, But Would You Eat It? “X” is for Xanthan Gum

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge! Each day in April (except Sundays) I’ll be posting about unusual and exotic foods.

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I don’t even have to ask you if you’d eat it (even though I will), because odds are you have ingested xanthan gum. It’s in some toothpastes. It’s in some salad dressings. It’s in some wallpaper paste. Yes, xanthan gum is a plant-based food thickener. So where does it come from? Well, it’s made from bacteria that infect numerous plants. So yes, it’s plant-based. And the finished product doesn’t contain any viable bacteria.

Some studies have found that xanthan gum, when added to foods, may help lower blood sugar. It may lower cholesterol. Because it helps to bind water, it can be used for its laxative effect. It has no nutritional value.

I’ll ask it anyway – would you eat xanthan gum?

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16 thoughts on “Yes, But Would You Eat It? “X” is for Xanthan Gum

  1. I do, Martha. But in very small amounts. A 1/4 teaspoon is enough to thicken a whole stew – any more than that gets gloppy. Lol My husband and I avoid carbs (of which wheat flour and cornstarch are loaded). Xanthan gum is a good option and one small bag lasts a long time. 🙂

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  2. I eat it all the time, it’s an ingredient in the gluten-free flour that I use and in many other gluten-free products. Since I’m doing more baking these days, I guess I’m eating more xanthan gum too. 🙂

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  3. well yes! I’m sorry we only have a few letters of the alphabet left You never disappoint with your AtoZ April blogs. Can’t wait to see what next year has in store for us. Thank you for putting in the effort every year!

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