What is Xanthan Gum?
Xanthan gum is a popular food additive that works as a thickener and stabilizer. Made from corn, xanthan gum is produced when sucrose, lactose, or glucose gets fermented by bacteria, making a gummy substance. This mixture gets dehydrated and ground into a powder, which is how xanthan gum gets used commercially and in home kitchens around the world.
Zero net carbs. Lowers blood sugar, eases constipation, and lowers cholesterol, but also may cause inflammation, and gut issues, and can upset the balance of the bacteria in the gut. This ingredient has mixed reports between keto-friendly and not keto-friendly.
Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Xanthan Gum?
May cause a laxative effect and may increase gas
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