Xanthan Gum Powder Food Grade ($ per 100g)

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Xanthan gum is a common food additive that you find in everything from sauces and dressings to ice cream and yogurt and, of course, gluten-free baked goods.

In most cases, it's used as athickening agent, or as a stabilizer to prevent separation of ingredients.

It's created when sugar is fermented by a type of bacteria called Xanthomonas Campestris. When sugar is fermented, it creates a broth or goo-like substance, which is made solid by adding an alcohol. It is then dried and turned into a powder.

Xanthan gum is also found in many personal care and beauty products. It allows these products to be thick, but still flow easily out of their containers. It also allows solid particles to be suspended in liquids.

The following are some common products that contain xanthan gum:

  • Toothpaste
  • Creams
  • Lotions
  • Shampoo

For most people, eating foods that contain xanthan gum appears to be completely safe. While many foods contain it, it only makes up about 0.05–0.3% of a food product. Moreover, a typical person consumes less than 1 gram of xanthan gum per day. Amounts 20 times that have been proven to be safe, but may have a laxative effect.

Premature infants and people with extreme allergies need to avoid xanthan gum as the sugars it is derived from my include wheat. Also, those at risk of low blood sugar levels should avoid large doses of it as studies have shown that it may lower blood sugar levels.