What is Xanthan Gum? Use of Xanthan Gum – How much to use?

The use of xanthan gum explained by internationally renowned gluten-free expert, Carol Fenster, Ph.D. She is the author of several gluten-free cookbooks and allergy friendly lifestyle books. She will contribute an article each month to this blog. Below she has provided not only gluten-free newbies with some great information, but for gluten-free veterans, as well!  Thank you so much, Carol for explaining the use of xanthan gum!

Dr. Carol Fenster

What is Xanthan Gum and Why Should I Use It?
By Carol Fenster, Ph.D.

One of the most frequent questions I hear from newly-diagnosed people is “what is xanthan gum?”


Definition of Xanthan Gum

The technical explanation is that xanthan gum is a polysaccharide, made from a pure culture fermentation of any carbohydrate (most likely corn) with the plant bacteria Xanthomonas Campestris. The mixture is then purified, yielding a polysaccharide gum.

Why Is Xanthan Gum Important?

Xanthan gum is the glue that holds our baked goods together by performing a function similar to gluten. Continue reading “What is Xanthan Gum? Use of Xanthan Gum – How much to use?”