I’ve mentioned this so called “xanthan gum” in some of my recipes and ever since then I have been questions about what it is & what it’s good for, where I got it and if there are any substitutions for it.
Today I’m doing a post all about xanthan gum and it’ll hopefully answer all your questions.
What is xanthan gum?
Xanthan gum is commonly used as a binder in gluten free baking (to help improve the crumb structure. Not all xanthan gum is gluten free.), a food thickening agent and even as a stabilizer in cosmetics. It’s used in many salad dressings, sauces, gum and it helps create the texture in many ice creams (by preventing ice crystals from forming). It can also be found in toothpaste.
A little xanthan gum goes a long way. If you use too much of it, it’ll act like a laxative. Some people get an allergic reaction from eating xanthan gum.
Is it bad for you?
Once I found out that it is found in cosmetics and toothpaste, I started to wonder if it’s healthy to consume. I did my research and according to a few websites (for example Livestrong) it doesn’t harm you. It is a carbohydrate with 7 g of fiber and 30 calories per tablespoon. It does not offer any nutrition.
Where can you buy it?
Xanthan gum can be found in a handful of grocery stores. Most people buy it online. It is a bit expensive but it does last a long time so it’s totally worth it.
I bought xanthan gum online (100 g) on Goodness Direct. You can also find it on iHerb. Both companies ship worldwide. Shipping is not expensive. You can find a coupon code for iHerb on the right side of my blog.
The price obviously varies, depending on where you buy it and how much you buy.
Xanthan gum substitutions?
This is kind of a hard question to answer because there are not many substations for xanthan gum. I’ve been on the lookout for substitutions for a couple of weeks.
The best substitute for xanthan gum is guar gum. It is similar and works just as well. Here is a list of other substitutes.
What do I use it for?
I don’t use xanthan gum often. I mostly use it for recipes when I’m baking with coconut flour (or any other gluten free flour). Sometimes I’ll add it to a smoothie to thicken it.
Do you use xanthan gum? If so, where did you buy it? What are your thoughts on xanthan gum?