Is xanthan gum allowed?

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    mamagibbs4
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    All bread products made with our approved flours tend to fall apart. Friends on gluten-free diets told me I could use xanthan gum to fix that. Is xanthan gum okay for us to eat?

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    lmm
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    I don’t know about xanthan gum, but I’ve seen guar gum recommended. However, my sense is that the utility of guar gum for cooking might be limited.

    Regards,
    Len

    #88851

    Clare_
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    Putting in a lot of eggs works at keeping the bread together.

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    Doggiemama
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    xanthan gum is a corn base. not recommended. i personally use the guar gum. it is used in small quantities..but yes..adding tons of eggs works well also.

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    lincoln
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    Hey Mamagibbs,

    I know this thread is quite old but I did feel the need to clarify for others this issue.

    Xantham Gum is a polysaccharide which means it contains three types of sugars all binded into one big mess. It is also derived from a form of mould so I would stay far away from it, which is a shame cause it’s an excellent thickening agent.

    Also Guar Gum is the same except is is only a disaccharide meaning it is two sugars joined together, and not produced from mould however it is obviously still not good for those suffering candida.

    Lincoln

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    yeastygut
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    ground flax seed also helps greatly to bind bready baked goods together

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    UncleOxidant
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    +1 on the ground flax seed. I grind it in a coffee grinder I’ve set aside for that purpose. Then mix it with some water and let it sit for 30 minutes or so and then stir it again. Makes a good egg substitute if you’re vegan (or even if you’re not and like me you’re out of eggs)

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