Is Xanthan Gum safe?

Posted on: Wed, 02/22/2006 - 5:53am
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I just bought a bottle of powder and then started wondering how safe it is. Does anyone know anything about it? I did an internet search but didn't get a good sense of its safety. I purchased it due to my daughter's egg allergy and wanted to experiment with it.

Thanks!

Posted on: Wed, 02/22/2006 - 7:18am
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I've read somewhere that Xanthan gum is made from fermented corn. If you bought EnerG xantham gum (this is the only brand that I've seen) I'd bet that you are in luck--the company is allergy aware. I would contact the company to ask--their website is at:
[url="http://www.ener-g.com/"]http://www.ener-g.com/[/url]
I've been wanting to try xantham gum myself. I have had it in cookies (in enjoy life cookies---those are guaranteed to be nut and peanut free) and haven't reacted, but I don't know that I want to use it a lot as I do have a corn allergy. The allergy is mild--throat itchiness + sometimes a few hives--but it got to the point where I would react with just one bite. + I tested positive on a skin test. I wonder if xantham gum has any corn protein in it.....

Posted on: Wed, 02/22/2006 - 11:20am
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This is interesting. According to the information our allergist gave me, it is safe for PA. It never occured to me it could have corn in it. She had a positive skin test to corn and we are currently avoiding it. I know it has been in several things she has eaten. Hmmm...

Posted on: Sun, 02/26/2006 - 10:51am
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Response from Now products...I had inquired about their xanthan gum powder.
Unfortunately we do not have a separate facility devoted to each allergy and
do process the xanthan gum in the same building as products containing.
Please note that we are GMP certified and as such have strict requirements
in the handling of our raw materials including having to triple wash
machines between runs.
Thank you for your inquiry,
NOW Quality, Science, & Nutrition Group

Posted on: Sun, 04/09/2006 - 12:08pm
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My son is allergic to just about everything and I use Xanthan Gum as a thickener in all his baked goods. Everything just falls apart without it. One thing he isn't allergic to is corn though.
Stay away from Guar Gum (another thickener) as I believe it is a legume.
Barb

Posted on: Wed, 02/22/2006 - 7:18am
LisaM's picture
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Joined: 11/04/2005 - 09:00

I've read somewhere that Xanthan gum is made from fermented corn. If you bought EnerG xantham gum (this is the only brand that I've seen) I'd bet that you are in luck--the company is allergy aware. I would contact the company to ask--their website is at:
[url="http://www.ener-g.com/"]http://www.ener-g.com/[/url]
I've been wanting to try xantham gum myself. I have had it in cookies (in enjoy life cookies---those are guaranteed to be nut and peanut free) and haven't reacted, but I don't know that I want to use it a lot as I do have a corn allergy. The allergy is mild--throat itchiness + sometimes a few hives--but it got to the point where I would react with just one bite. + I tested positive on a skin test. I wonder if xantham gum has any corn protein in it.....

Posted on: Wed, 02/22/2006 - 11:20am
cgroth's picture
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Joined: 01/25/2006 - 09:00

This is interesting. According to the information our allergist gave me, it is safe for PA. It never occured to me it could have corn in it. She had a positive skin test to corn and we are currently avoiding it. I know it has been in several things she has eaten. Hmmm...

Posted on: Sun, 02/26/2006 - 10:51am
dgood's picture
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Joined: 03/27/2004 - 09:00

Response from Now products...I had inquired about their xanthan gum powder.
Unfortunately we do not have a separate facility devoted to each allergy and
do process the xanthan gum in the same building as products containing.
Please note that we are GMP certified and as such have strict requirements
in the handling of our raw materials including having to triple wash
machines between runs.
Thank you for your inquiry,
NOW Quality, Science, & Nutrition Group

Posted on: Sun, 04/09/2006 - 12:08pm
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Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

My son is allergic to just about everything and I use Xanthan Gum as a thickener in all his baked goods. Everything just falls apart without it. One thing he isn't allergic to is corn though.
Stay away from Guar Gum (another thickener) as I believe it is a legume.
Barb

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