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X is for Xanthan Gum

  X: Xanthan Gum

It is possible that you are reading this and thinking…”what the heck is Xanthan Gum?  Is she just making up words now?”  Actually, if you look through your cupboards and pantry you are highly likely to find this and many other strange looking ingredients in your processed foods.  

According to Fooducate, Xanthan Gum is one of the 30 most popular ingredients used in food products. It is made by fermenting corn sugar with a bacteria, Xanthomonas campestris. It’s the same bacteria that creates black spots on broccoli and cauliflower. The result is a slimy goo that is then dried up and ground into a fine white powder.  Xanthan gum may be derived from a variety of sources such as corn, wheat, or soy. People with an allergy to one of the above, need to avoid foods with xanthan gum, or to ascertain the source.  These two facts alone make me even more certain I am doing the right thing by no longer eating processed foods.

Have you ever really looked at the ingredients list on the foods you are purchasing?  I have been told before that if you are purchasing processed foods you should try and stick with 5 or fewer ingredients.  If you can’t pronounce the ingredient then you really shouldn’t be putting it in your body.  Stick with whole foods that you don’t need to read an ingredients list to find out what’s in it.  Broccoli is broccoli, sweet potatoes are sweet potatoes, and meat is meat.  While your at it, switching to organic is even better! 

Farewell Xanthan Gum, I will no longer be requiring your services. 

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