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Xanthan gum is a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged (fermented) sugars with a certain kind of bacteria. It is used to make medicine. Xanthan gum is used for lowering blood sugar and total cholesterol in people with diabetes. It is also used as a laxative. Xanthan gum is sometimes used as a saliva substitute in people with dry mouth (Sjogren's syndrome). In manufacturing, xanthan gum is used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in foods, toothpastes, and medicines. Xanthan gum is also an ingredient in some sustained-release pills. How does it work? Xanthan gum swells in the intestine, which stimulates the digestive tract to push stool through. It also might slow the absorption of sugar from the digestive tract and work like saliva to lubricate and wet the mouth in people who don't produce enough saliva.
Thank you! I have Celiacs and eat healthy so this is great!
you are welcome. I try not to let a question go to long without a reply
Oh wow, thanks @cupcakelady that was a quick response from you and I learned quite a bit about xanthan gum.
Great list! What exactly is xanthum gum? I've seen it a lot but don't actually know what it is made of any idea? @cupcakelady
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