- Use as a bulk-forming to decrease appetite.
- laxative to treat constipation.
- Lowering blood sugar in people with diabetes.
- Lowering cholesterol levels in people with diabetes.
- Use as a saliva substitute for dry mouth.
Xanthan gum is a food thickener made from bacteria that infect numerous plants. It is an ingredient in a wide variety of foods.
Xanthan gum is a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged (fermented) sugars with a certain kind of bacteria called Xanthomonas. It is used to make medicine.
Xanthan gum swells in the intestine, which stimulates the digestive tract to push stool through. It also might slow the absorption of sugar from the digestive tract and work like saliva to lubricate and wet the mouth in people who don’t produce enough saliva.
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.
Manufacturers make xanthan gum by pulling bacteria from many different plants. The finished product does not contain any viable bacteria, so there is no risk of xanthan gum causing infections.
Use as a bulk-forming to decrease appetite.
laxative to treat constipation.
Lowering blood sugar in people with diabetes.
Lowering cholesterol levels in people with diabetes.
Use as a saliva substitute for dry mouth.
Xanthan gum thickens food and other products, and also prevents ingredients from separating.
Non-food products, such as oil and cosmetics, also contain xanthan gum.
Xanthan gum may help lower or stabilize blood sugar.