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What is Xanthum Gum? Definition, Health and Use

Xanthum gum is a type of food additive. Xanthum gum is a type of polysaccharide in its most basic form of molecule. Xanthum gum is primarily used as an additive to processed foods as it functions to increase liquid viscosity. Santa and am usually is present as less than .5% of the overall product mass as it is very efficient and does its job well. Xanthum gum is safe for the most part, but does have potential health implications under certain circumstances. For example some people experience it as a form of laxative in the appropriate quantities. As well, the dust from xanthum gum (usually only present in factories), may cause respiratory issues. Xanthum gum if sometimes created using a culture based on corn and so certain people are allergic to corn may have negative symptoms related to this.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. The above-mentioned food or ingredient may have related health risks not mentioned or not yet discovered. Consult with a medical or nutritional professional for more information.

by Susan White on Sun, 05/09/2010 - 02:19

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