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What are risks of taking xanthan gum?

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Some people who have trouble swallowing add a product called SimplyThick -- which contains xanthan gum -- to foods and drinks to make them easier to swallow. Apart from that, xanthan gum seems to cause few side effects, except it may cause gas.

From: Xanthan Gum WebMD Medical Reference

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Martindale -- The complete drug reference: "Xanthan gum."

Thacker, A. December 2010; vol 11: pp 1619-1626. AAPS PharmSciTech,

Center for Science in the Public Interest: "Chemical cuisine - learn about food additives."

Daly, J. , May 1993; vol 69: pp. 897-902. British Journal of Nutrition

Osilesi, O. October 1985; vol 42: pp 597-603. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,

Colorado State University Extension: "Gluten-free baking."

Woods, C. , February 2012; vol 32: pp 150-152. Journal of Perinatology

SimplyThick web site.

Eastwood, M. , January-March 1987; vol 4: pp 17-26. Food Additives and Contaminants

News release, FDA, May 20, 2011.

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Martindale -- The complete drug reference: "Xanthan gum."

Thacker, A. December 2010; vol 11: pp 1619-1626. AAPS PharmSciTech,

Center for Science in the Public Interest: "Chemical cuisine - learn about food additives."

Daly, J. , May 1993; vol 69: pp. 897-902. British Journal of Nutrition

Osilesi, O. October 1985; vol 42: pp 597-603. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,

Colorado State University Extension: "Gluten-free baking."

Woods, C. , February 2012; vol 32: pp 150-152. Journal of Perinatology

SimplyThick web site.

Eastwood, M. , January-March 1987; vol 4: pp 17-26. Food Additives and Contaminants

News release, FDA, May 20, 2011.

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 30, 2019

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