Xanthan Gum

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Despite its odd-sounding name, Xanthan Gum is a natural carbohydrate, made mostly of corn sugar. Just a little Xanthan Gum can add thickness, consistency, and viscosity to baked goods, dairy products, and salad dressings.

Xanthan Gum gets its name from Xanthomonas campestris, a strain of bacteria used in the production of Xanthan Gum. Although often associated with germs or illness, bacteria are actually very useful in food production. Various strains of bacteria can digest different foods and chemicals, causing them to ferment into different substances (a common example is cheese).

In the 1950s, distinguished scientist Allene Rosalind Jeanes and her team at the US Department of Agriculture discovered that adding Xanthomonas campestris to simple corn sugar would turn it into a complex polysaccharide with useful thickening properties. Since then, Xanthan Gum has become a popular thickener and a commonly used chemical in medicine, cosmetics, and toothpaste.

When used in preparing liquids and emulsions, Xanthan Gum can keep mixtures uniform, stabilize emulsions, and add viscosity to liquids. Many ice cream recipes call for Xanthan Gum, as it stops ice crystals from forming and gives the ice cream a smooth, creamy consistency. When used in salad dressings, Xanthan Gum keeps oil and vinegar from separating. Lastly, Xanthan Gum is used commercially in many condiments, jellies, canned soups, sauces, and syrups, and has many other uses in baking and cooking.

Xanthan Gum is often used to thicken baked goods. It is especially popular as a thickener in gluten-free baked goods, and we sell Gluten-Free Xanthan Gum for this very purpose.

Xanthan Gum is stable at most temperatures and levels of acidity. Xanthan Gum does not mix well by hand, so it is best to mix it in a blender or add it to the oil component of a recipe.

Customer Reviews

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I wanted to thank you for my order of xanthan gum. My gluten free chocolate chip cookies were a hit.”

, Garden City, New York May 28, 2013

“Received my first order & was very pleased. Quick delivery & great packaging. Thank you for the goji nut free sample. Never tried them before & I am now hooked. I will definitely be ordering aagain! Just "liked" you on facebook.”

, bronx, ny May 4, 2013

“Shipment arrived in good condition and quickly. Now I will try making some gluten free bread. Thanks.”

, Houston, Texas December 4, 2012

“this is the freshest and most reasonably priced stuff I have found online. I do a lot of gluten free baking for friends who are intolerant and they love it all. If it shipped any quicker they would be sending it before I ordered!!”

, Pueblo, Colorado August 24, 2011

“ Dear Nuts, thank you for the great service and rapid shipping. Also, thanks for having all the hard to find items you carry, sure saves me a lot of time. I will be ordering again soon.
Have a great evening and rest of year.

, Mad River, CA May 31, 2011

“the order looks great arrived earlier than expected and cannot wait to taste them ,thanks you.”

, towson, md December 10, 2009

“This was just awesome. Great products, super fast delivery and they sent me an email to tell me fedex delivered before I even noticed (and i was at home at the time). That's impressive.”

, Mohrsville, PA December 8, 2009

“Super fast delivery!”

, Pittsburgh, PA December 2, 2009

“Yea! I received my mangos, pineapples, xanthan gum and wasabi veggies. My mouth is on fire from the wasabi and I like it! The pineapples are yummy yummy yummy and I'm so glad I ordered from you. The next best thing about my order is the packaging and fun family story on the back. I don't want to put the packages in the pantry cause they brighten up my kitchen counter. Fun stuff. Thanks.... barb felts”

, shoreline, wa October 10, 2013

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 9g (~0.3 oz.)
(Approx. 50.5 Servings/Pound)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 30
Calories From Fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 0%


Xanthan Gum

Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.


Store in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. It is ok to refrigerate.

Country of Origin: United States

ID: 7229

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