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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.

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SimplyThick web site.

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

News release, FDA, May 20, 2011.

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SimplyThick web site.

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

News release, FDA, May 20, 2011.

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on May 30, 2019

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