- Pronounced 'zan-than'.
- Xanthan gum is used to thicken foods and prevent oils and water from separating.
- Replaces fats when they are removed from food products (fat free dressing, fat free dairy products etc).
- Stops ice crystals from forming in ice cream.
- It is made by bacteria which ferments sugars to make a slimy goo. It is then dried and ground into powder. When liquid is added again, it forms a gel or gum.
- The sugars that the bacteria ferment can be manufactured from corn, wheat or soy.
- Contains 7 grams of fiber per tablespoon.
- Is used as a substitute for wheat gluten in gluten free bread.
- Baked goods - muffins, waffles, gluten free bread
- Ready meals
- Ice cream
- Shake mix
- Condiments - relish, taco sauce, mustard, hot sauce etc
- Fat free salad dressings
- Fat free dairy products
Is xanthan gum safe for me?
Safe for most people. People with allergies to wheat, soy or corn should check which one it is derived from before consumption.
Some people may get bloating or diarrhoea, even when only a small amount is eaten.
A list of more food additives can be found here.
FoodFacts.com, 2013. Food Facts. [Online] Available at: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-xanthan-gum.htm [Accessed 30 April 2013].
Weingarten, H., 2010. 10 Facts about Xanthan Gum, a very popular food additive. [Online] Available at: http://blog.fooducate.com/2010/09/23/10-facts-about-xantham-gum-a-very-popular-food-additive/ [Accessed 30 April 2013].