Xanthan Gum is a polysaccharide, a type of sugar that is made from a bacteria called Xanthomonas campestris, through a process of fermentation. Xanthomonas campestris infects a wide range of cruciferous plants, such as cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, causing diseases such as black rot and bacterial wilt.
Uses of Xanthan Gum
- Xanthan gum is common in salad dressings and sauces.
- Xanthan gum helps create the desired texture in many ice creams.
- Xanthan gum helps thicken commercial egg substitutes made from egg whites.
Potential Health Benefits
- Lowering or stabilizing blood sugar
- Reducing cholesterol
- Saliva substitute and treating dry mouth
- Treating cancer
- Role in gluten-free food