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Xanthan Gum

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Xanthan Gum is an essential ingredient for gluten free baking. It acts as an emulsifier and a binder, and adds volume to gluten free breads, cookies, cakes, and other baked goods.


Xanthan Gum is a plant-based thickening and stabilizing agent. It is named for the bacteria, Xanthomonas campestris, which plays a crucial role in this description. Technically speaking, xanthan gum is a polysaccharide, which is just a fancy way to say "a string of multiple sugars." To create xanthan gum, the Xanthomonas campestris bacterium is allowed to ferment on a sugar. The result is a gel that is then dried and milled to create the powder substance.

Xanthan gum has a number of powerful properties. First, it works as an emulsifier, encouraging liquids that normally don't like one another to mix together. Second, it works as thickener, increasing the viscosity of liquids and batters. Third, it can create a creamy texture.

In the world of gluten-free baking, xanthan gum plays the crucial role of imitating gluten. In baking, gluten is what makes dough "doughy." It gives the dough elasticity, as well as viscosity. Those properties help to hold a cookie together while it bakes on a sheet in the oven, and they enable cakes and breads to hold onto the gas bubbles that form inside them - this allows them to rise and take shape. Xanthan gum helps replicate these properties in recipes that do not contain gluten. Shop online today to buy xanthan gum for all your gluten free baking adventures!

To Your Good Health

  • Gluten Free

    This gluten free product was handled exclusively in our dedicated gluten free facility and tested for gluten free integrity in our quality control laboratory using an ELISA Gluten Assay test.

  • Kosher

    As a continued commitment to the quality of the products we make and sell, all of Bob’s Red Mill products are certified kosher pareve or kosher dairy by Rabbi Avrohom Teichman of Kehilla Kosher, Igud HaKashrus of Los Angeles.

  • Vegan

    All Bob’s Red Mill products are vegetarian. This product is also vegan, meaning it is made without the use of any animal products including eggs, dairy, and honey.

  • High Fiber

    Each serving of this product provides 20% or more of the recommended daily value for fiber. Dietary fiber aids digestion and makes you feel full faster, so it can help you maintain a healthy weight.

7 Reviews For "Xanthan Gum"

  1. Great, magical thickener. Here are guidelines for using it

    by Moe on 01 Sun,2016


    Amazingly handy thickener. Am using it more and more instead of cornstarch, as this requires no heat to activate and doesn't degrade with boiling.

    Did some research to find amounts and methods. See:

    See the write-up: http://feedme.typepad.com/my_weblog/2016/01/xanthan-gum-magical-food-thickener.html

    Basically, 1/8 tsp per cup of liquid is 0.2% and will thicken slightly; 1/4-1/2 tsp per cup (0.25-0.5%) meets most needs. 2.5 grams is one teaspoon.

    Use a hand blender to avoid clumps and activate it.

  2. Difficult to work with

    by Fritz the Cat on 04 Mon,2015

    Xanthan gum is about the most effective product to emulsify oil/vinegar-based home made salad dressings. The main drawback of this product is that it difficult to dissolve completely. Even when using a blender I am always left with a bunch of gooey lumps in the mix. If there is a effective way of avoiding this problem I would appreciate Bob putting some how-to info on the product label.

  3. Great Product! (But not for babies!)

    by D&J on 11 Tue,2011

    Was just reviewing what another poster said about mixing Xathan gum with formula for baby. This could be dangerous. Per Wikipedia "On May 20, 2011 the FDA issued a press release warning "parents, caregivers and health care providers not to feed SimplyThick, a thickening product, to premature infants." The concern is that the product may cause necrotizing enterocolitis. SimplyThick's active ingredi

  4. Great for gluten free baking

    by Angie on 10 Sat,2011

    I use this a lot in gluten free baking with excellent results. It binds the ingredients together and prevents that "crumbly" texture from resulting. A little goes a long way and I've found one bag will last and last.

  5. Definitely this dieter's delight!

    by Gramma M, Calor on 05 Fri,2011

    This is a wonderful thickener for reduced oil or oil free homemade salad dressings. It thickens cold liquid without cooking. Only 1/2 to 1 teaspoon blended into a 2 or 3 cup batch of otherwise watery dressing mimics the texture and pourability of a high fat dressing. I have enjoyed making my own sugarfree and fat free salad dressings which are far less expensive than commercial dressings and ma

  6. Uses other than baking

    by GERDling Mom on 11 Fri,2010

    We actually use Bob's Xantham gum mixed with H20 to form a gel in order to thicken our infant son's formula due to severe reflux! Our Dr. told us to use "simply thick" which must be ordered from a medical supply & is VERY expensive...After lots of research & trials we found that the gel can be made at home with just bob's xantham gum & H20 for far less than half the price of the "medical" thickene

  7. Great for Gluten-Free Bread!

    by Kath on 07 Mon,2010

    Used this to make gluten-free bread. It was the best I've had!

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 Tbsp(9g)
Servings Per Container: 25
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 30
Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 0 g 0 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 %
Trans Fat 0 g 0 %
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 260 mg 11 %
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 7 g 28 %
Sugars 0 g N/A
Protein 0 g 0 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 0 %
Iron 0 %
* Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients xanthan gum

*Manufactured in a facility that also uses tree nuts and soy

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