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Xanthan Gum (100g)

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Ideal gluten substitute for low-carb and gluten-free baking

Great for making low-carb bread, cakes and muffins

Improves the texture of baked goodies, adds elasticity and makes them less crumbly

Great thickener and emulsifier for sauces, soups and gravy - can be used instead of flour

A very small amount is usually required in recipes (1/4 to 1/2 of a teaspoon, around 1g)

Xanthan gum nutritional information

Nutritional information (per 100g)
Total carbs (non-digestible) 73g
Protein 7g
Fat 0g
- of which saturates 0g
Energy 25cal

Please note that most of the carbs contained in this product come from non-digestible fibre.

As most recipes require less than 1g of xanthan gum, the amount of net carbs it adds to your recipes is negligible.


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What exactly is xanthan gum?

Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide produced as a result of fermentation by bacteria species Xanthomonas campestris. The fermented solution is dried and milled into powder.

It has an ability to bind many times its own weight in liquids, and so is effective for forming gels and emulsions. These qualities make it a useful food additive.

Gluten normally acts as a binding agent in baking, brining elasticity to the dough. Gluten-free products lack this, so adding xanthan gum or a similar thickening agent helps to improve the texture and ensure your bread or cake doesn't crumble away as soon as you cut it.

Using xanthan gum

If you are using an existing gluten-free recipe, it will specify the exact amount of xanthan gum that is required. If adapting traditional recipes yourself, try adding very small amounts to start with, perhaps 1/8 of a teaspon, and check how that affects your mixture. Add more if required, in tiny quantities. Generally, it is very rare for a recipe to include more than 1 teaspoon of xantham gum (usually it's 1/4 or 1/2 of a teaspoon).

Is xanthan gum a natural product?

Xanthan gum is derived from natural products using bacterial fermentation. However, it then also undergoes heavy processing before it ends up in its current powdered form. It is therefore not entirely natural, and won't be suitable if you are following Paleo/Primal, or other clean-eating plans. It is fine for all other types of low-carb diets.

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