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    According to some basic research, Xanthan gum is frequently used as a thickener for recipes that doesn't use flour (would be great for primal pancakes, etc) but I know it's a corn derivative, which I'm pretty sure makes it a PB no-go. However, I know it comes from bacteria that can grow on broccoli and other veggies too, so my question is:

    Is xanthan gum a no-go, and if it is, could you explain exactly why?

    I'm fine with not using it--but I like to be educated about my dietary choices!

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    The use of xanthan gum could be debated similarly to the use of dairy: arguments could be made for and against it. In my personal view, it is way too processed for my tasted and I stay away from it. Then again, I also avoid fruit and nuts unlike many here. If it does not lead to any detremental effects, use it; if you feel ill after consuming it, it best be avoided.
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      • #4
        On the primal diet you shouldn't be eating anything that would have much of it I would think. It is used in gluten free baked goods not as a thickener but as a replacement for the gluten. If one was going to cheat w/ bread I think it would be preferably to do it with a gf bread w/ xanthum than a wheat bread. But then again it seems to me if you are cooking yourself on a primal diet it was be so rare I wouldn't worry about it too much.

        Where are you getting all the xanthum gum?
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        • #5
          Thanks pp posters--I will probably avoid it, but e advice of "if it makes you I'll avoid it" is a good one

          Originally posted by soror View Post
          On the primal diet you shouldn't be eating anything that would have much of it I would think. It is used in gluten free baked goods not as a thickener but as a replacement for the gluten. If one was going to cheat w/ bread I think it would be preferably to do it with a gf bread w/ xanthum than a wheat bread. But then again it seems to me if you are cooking yourself on a primal diet it was be so rare I wouldn't worry about it too much.

          Where are you getting all the xanthum gum?
          i'm not "getting" it anywhere currently--I was interested in using it in my cooking. You can use it with almond and coconut flours, from what I've heard, to bind the ingredients together better. I also know some people make smoothies xanthan that turn out more like soft serve. I'm just interested, not currently consuming.

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          • #6
            i have skipped that ingredient before, adding a small egg in it's place, with no problem. not for yeast breads, but for cakes and muffins. maybe you could try that?

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            • #7
              Well, I have never seen it in almond or coco flour recipes- I usually use Elana for almond flour recipes and Fife's for coconut flour as that is the cookbooks I have. I have always had great results w/ both. Never heard of that in a smoothie, that is interesting. I like the texture of what I make fine though.
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              • #8
                it's in the cheapo hot sauce I just bought. that's my 20% right there.

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                • #9
                  Xanthan gum is fine. Totally and completely fine. It's used in such small quantities that it's a non issue.



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                  • #10
                    Well, I know from experience that a great way to make Gak is by heating up a pot of water and slowly adding in xanthan gum and locust bean gum, then allowing it to cool.

                    After working for years in the chemistry lab of a pharmaceutical company, I've tested what seems like every single one of the obscure and difficult-to-pronounce chemicals that show up in our food these days. Yeah, it may not be there in much quantity, but I can't eat anything knowing it contains xanthan gum now without feeling like I'm eating Gak.
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                    • #11
                      Bump. This stuff is in like half of my hot sauces! And I've got a big collection. It's been 4 years; anyone have more to say about it?
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                      • #12
                        Unless you are drinking your hot sauces by the glass full I think you are good.
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                        • #13
                          If you're not sensitive to it, no problem. Lots of people who are gluten-sensitive have trouble with xanthan gum, but likely not in the tiny quantities you would run into it in hot sauce.

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                          • #14
                            Celiac sensitive here,. Who on earth makes Gak! with water and xanthan gum? I add a small quantity to a soup or stew (particularly when I run out of bone broth to get a silky feel and bit of body to the liquid. It doesn't seem to bother me in the quantities I use.

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                            • #15
                              Celiac sensitive here,. Who on earth makes Gak! with water and xanthan gum? I add a small quantity to a soup or stew (particularly when I run out of bone broth) to get a silky feel and bit of body to the liquid. It doesn't seem to bother me in the quantities I use.

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