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Xanthan Gum - Properties, Uses & Side Effects


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May 06, 2010-

What is Xanthan Gum?


Technically, xanthan gum (e number e415) is a polysaccharide used a food additive, produces by the fermentation if sugar or glucose, using the Xanthomonas campestries bacterium. In layman terms, it is nothing but a natural carbohydrate gum, produced by the bacteria fermented strain. It is a food additive that work as thickening agent and and emulsion stabilizer.

Xanthan Gum
Xanthan Gum
The slimy substance formed by the bacteria is the actual element that acts as a thickener.

Xanthan Gum Properties

Xanthan Gum Uses

Xanthan Gum Uses
Xanthan Gum Uses
With its thickening and stabilizing properties, xanthan is a popularly used substance. It is a heavily used gum for the industrial uses in the food industry. Its thickening and binding qualities make it a very useful cooking aid food additive in bakery products and dairy uses. Some of the common uses of the xanthan gum is in ice creams, salad dressings, and gluten free breads. Let's see the primary xanthan gum uses across the food and other industries.

Xanthan Gum Side Effects

Xanthan gum side effects are not many, but still for those who are allergic to xanthan, should stay away from products with xanthan gum. Xanthan dust particles are known to cause respiratory problems. Apart from the above mentioned two xanthan gum side effects it is a fat and gluten free ingredient that works well as thickener and an emulsifying stabilizer.


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