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Or will I need to make adjustments? This would help you in 2 ways- 1. Pick up 5 things in your kitchen with a label and read the ingredients list. I could have saved myself some time, money and trouble had a I bought supplements, but back then I was eating tons and tons of whole foods — lots of chicken, fish, whole grain bread, cheese, milk, potatoes, etc. No need to get fancy — a cup or two of coffee is fine. Moderate sensitivity to xanthan gum may very well mean you should not eat it. No more eating at buffets cross contamination that got me a few times.

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It is produced by the fermentation of glucose, sucrose, or lactose derived from corn, soy, wheat or whey with the bacteria Xanthomonas campestris. The bacteria forms a slimy substance that acts as a stabilizer and thickener, an emulsifier, and a surface-active agent. It is then dried, milled, sieved and packaged. There are several pathways where diet may influence intestinal inflammation, such as direct dietary antigens, altering the gut microbiome, and affecting gastrointestinal permeability.

However, with the rare but tragic loss of life, we are left wondering — what happened? Whether or not xanthan gum is contributing to the development of IBD in cats, one thing is clear: I would avoid this ingredient.

Why risk making ourselves unnecessarily sick? Just made a cake using xanthan gum to make the 4 vegan eggs. Is Guar Gum any better? Xanthan gum makes me so sick. I can instantly tell when I have ingested it as I will spend the next 2 days in the fetal position. Worst stomach pain ever, bloating, bathroom trips, it is awful.

I am extremely careful with reading all the labels of things now, and asking many questions when we go out to eat. Within hours of eating the tortillas I got severe dazed flu-like symptoms.

I eliminated the tortillas for a few weeks and experienced the exact same symptoms when I reintroduced them. Flu-like symptoms and deep sweats like working through a fever, soreness in my abdomen. I am completing the 30 reset programme and I accidentally made soup with stock that contained carrageenan. This has caused me digestive problems etc. I also can not tolerate Xanthium gum, gluten, diary etc or any additives in food.

I plan to continue to eat Paleo as I just feel better, not because it is a fad. Its not easy to change eating habits but after 30 years of digestive trouble its worth it to me.

I cant eat it at all. The effects lasts for days depending on the amount consumed. I was recently tested for food sensitivities Meridian , and xanthan gum on the reference range should a moderate sensitivity.

It seems to be in so many products. Xanthan gum is in many gluten free foods. Should I avoid those products? It is really easy to make your own baking mix and it works well for many recipes I have not found a good way to make raised bread for sandwiches it works well for dessert breads, pie crust , cookies and so on. YOu could mix up larger quantities and keep refrigerated or in freezer. You could sub cornmeal for the millet or use corn meal in addition to the flour mix.

You can also sub part quinuoa or amaranth flour for a bit more protein content—though not as good in desserts. Or if allergic to eggs for part of the liquid use dissolved flax seed. Moderate sensitivity to xanthan gum may very well mean you should not eat it. Or it may not bother you that much. You may very well get a greater sensitivity over time when eating it. The only true way to really know how it affects you is to eat something with it and see what happens.

Hi, Amy, Thank you for your reply. The ingredient is in other products as well- not just in food! I found it in my face moisturizer with sunscreen Eucerin and Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste. It is in numerous gluten free food products.

I wonder if it is harmful, absorbed into the skin or used on the teeth? We all have to check ingredients carefully. I recently had a food sensitivity test done by my naturopathic physician and discovered I am sensitive to Potatos. Potato is used as an additive in many products and Xanthan gum is also one. There is not a lot written about potato intolerance but the use is wide spread. Hello, Potatoes are part of the nightshade family. I am also intolerant. I am writing third time to say I just opened an email from someone who has an article on Xanthan Gum.

Thought you all might want to read it too Thanks for the nightshade info! I have had so many food sensitivities and eliminated so many foods over the last three years. Nightshades include some of my staples so I hesitate eliminating them.

If you have been eliminating various foods and not noticed any specific reactions, one way or another, what does that mean? I wonder about the accuracy of the tests, and the results seem to differ each year. Would they be the same or different? Unless one becomes really ill from a particular food, I question the findings on these tests! Eating is becoming more a chore than a pleasure! I am a 68 year old woman who had just received results from allergy testing. My suspicions were verified.

I am allergic to wheat and dairy. The first thing I did was to buy five different gluten free cookies made by the same company. I wanted to try them out. Since they were small I tried two of each different cookie. That does sound excessive but trust me they were small. Soon after eating them I became nauseated, my normally low blood pressure went crazy, I had stomach pains.

I thought I was going to throw up and thought I might need to call an ambulance. I looked at the boxes when I finally settled down. Xanthan gum was the only common ingredient I could find.

I mentioned it to my allergy specialist who seemed to slough it off. Fast forward a couple of months. I tried a big gluten free muffin. I was really hungry for the treat. Halfway through I had similar symptoms. When I researched xanthan gum I found that it is often made from wheat, soy, corn, or dairy derivatives.

I am allergic to wheat and dairy so gluten free is often unusable for me. They do not often state what is used to make it from. It is not because it is sometimes made from wheat. I am hypersensitive to gluten which is not an allergic reaction but is still extreme and lasts 10 days , but I have no problem with dextrose made from wheat, and still xantham gum does horrible things to me. Congratulations to everyone here who has worked out their own food intolerances without or in spite of specialist advice!

Hi, someone mentioned today that exanthumum gum may not be such a benign food, which is how I found this chat. I use it in the spelt bread I make in the bread machine.

I have self-diagnosed myself as being intolerant to sugars. I have never gone to a professional. Foods on my no-no list are: When I eat the wrong foods I get uncomfortable, bloated and very gassy! Now I need to test myself with XG.

Also, what would my bread be like without the XG? I putted in that reply two hyperlinks to websites that I used to do learn more on XG. Xanthan gum leaves a nasty taste and smell after about 10 hours. Sometimes I can taste that nasty taste when I eat. I hate Xanthan gum. Now if I want salad dressing, I begrudgingly make my won from scratch and take it with me.

A real bother, but my gut always thanks me! Many months he was in pain screaming day and night,still Speech and language Therapist insist on continuing. I keep him at home to prevent further distress. If you think does not affect humans think twice. He is pain free now because he is at home thickener free. Hi, I found out many years ago now that E xanthan gum makes me very ill indeed. I suffer from IBS but if I digest that stuff I suffer stools like water and such bad stomach pain that I usually pass out from it.

Eventually I found the common denominator was xanthan gum. Same problem with barrier cream at work once. So everyone close knows about it now and tries to help when eating with them. I even had cards made up that said Allergy advice E anoxic seizure. Because of that card I even had a restaurant tell me it was in the mashed potatoes! What the article does not question here is why stool water content is increased with xanthan-gum consumption and I think it is very important to trace the cause.

Logically, I believe that xanthan-gum, being a an agent to connect the cells, pulls water out with it as it goes through our bodies, hence, substantially dehydrating them. I get extreme gas pains and terrible bouts of loose stools from xanthan. Being gluten and dairy free is difficult for me, but it has made my life so much better.

I guess I need to avoid this as well. The effect on my bowel was similar to that I experience after consuming the bread, and after dairy very painful and unpleasant The ingredient in common was Xanthan gum. But I think it must be the gum. I only had 2 servings. It can be made on many different mediums, and the origination medium is not always divulged.

Arromac, I get stomach cramps and diarrhea and acid reflux for at least three days after consuming anything that contains xanthan gum. There are other bad side effects for me too, but these are the first ones I get. Xanthan gum gave me horrible gas and bloating.

It was the only suspect ingredient found in gluten free cookie mix. I will be avoiding all Xanthan Gum in the future. I already avoid Carageenan. For many years I have had a problem with fatigue and foggy brain that I could not explain.

After 40 or so years of this condition and being told by doctors they had no idea what my problem was I learned that two food additives were the cause.

Xanthan Gum and Carrageenan both do not add any thing to our food had been destroying my life. Many years of investigation lead me to the answer and a clear mind. Unfortunately it is in so many processed food and it is hard to track them all down so I still have periods of the old condition. I am a senior and live in low income housing where they prepare us one meal a day to make sure we are healthy.

Sad to say this has cause the condition to return. So much of my life has been spent sleeping, and the long one is coming soon enough and I have so many things I would like to do and am unable due to this horrible food additive.

I would give any thing to find out if any one else has this problem. I do worry about people who are subjected to prepared food in and by institutions. These foods often contain too many carbs which can also cause sleepiness , additives like xanthan gum, and free glutamic acid MSG and its myriad of other names.

It has so many other names and is very prevalent. That means I rarely eat out. It never seems to be quick or easy. You can speak up to the food service people, the administration, etc. Maybe keeping a log of what you eat and your reactions afterwards would be helpful. You could note the times you refuse the free meal versus the times you eat it and then how much time you sleep afterwards.

That might be eye-opening for some. If you can afford to do so, avoid all processed foods and anything mixed up by an institution. Same problem here, difference is, I am Still loads to do before my big sleep.

After being diagnosed with IBS and allergic to gluten and maize, reading food labels have become a habit. I cant eat anything!!! After a while you get used to living on fruit and vegetable only in the evening I consume a nice piece of meat, with mushrooms sauce made with cream.

How did I get to this site. Yep, came to this site wondering why my depression gets worse if I eat too much commercial gf bread or pastry. That, and really really sad for no reason. I was gluten-free for years — until GF products started making me violently ill.

The doughnuts were delicious, but I was sick for two days! The people sensitive to XG may be a small minority, but we exist and we eat food and walk on this earth just like anyone else. For people without this sensitivity, I would ask — would YOU continue to eat an ingredient that left you sick and tied to the bathroom almost as bad as having a stomach virus? Of course, the answer is no! The problem is — someone in the food additives industry is very, very good at upselling this industrial product as a safe food additive.

Most of you have listed most of the foods in the comments. The question really is — why is it all of a sudden everywhere? How come nobody has yet exposed the food additive industry and shed some light on these gums? If someone has, please, I will read it, diligently. For those of us who cannot tolerate XG, our gastronomic world is slowly becoming smaller and smaller. I am currently in bed sick from an errant decision on my part — hubby and I went to one of his fave chain sandwich places for a late lunch and I, having been on a no GPS grains, potatoes, sugar diet for three weeks now, got a salad without a second thought.

Checked the website when I got home… you guessed it. A triple whammy of XG. Thanks for the article, and thanks to the commenters as well. Even the most careful, clean eaters amongst us need to be able to let someone else do the cooking, or grab a small treat like an ice cream or what-have-you, from time to time. You mentioned XG in everything. I am allergic to Palm, Coconut and Soy. Try finding food salad dressing, etc without one of those and everytime I think I have it; I find XG in it and have no clue if it is from corn or soy.

She has a great blog that covers research on additives and healthy eating and healthy alternatives. I have recently been diagnosed Celiac and have actually had worse symptoms since going gluten free. I suspected xanthan gum was a problem for me before, but now I know! This ingredient is in rampant in prepared gluten free products.

Appreciate the article — I was led here by my Google inquiry as to whether or not xanthin gum, which I saw on a beverage label, is harmful to recipients of an organ transplant, which would be me.

Molds and bacteria are something we transplant recipients avoid as we are immunosuppressed. She needs to go onto thickened fluids now but most of them contain maltodextrin and this seems to be causing massive migraines. She has also had a kidney transplant … I am looking for a thickener that does not contain maltodextrin and xanthan gum keeps coming up.

Does anyone know if it would be safe to try this? Hi Susan, my husband has to be on thickened foods due Myotonic Dystrophy. I use the maltodextrin for his drinks but when I thicken his soups I use Minit Tapioca. I works very well. Maybe this will help. Ground chia seed is a great thickener and very nutritious.

I use it in place of xanthan, as x makese sick almost every time. I feel I have to chime in here as there seems to be a lot of misinformation on ingredients that are used in foods and cosmetics. I can understand that there are a small number of people allergic to certain ingredients. But lets not freak out and ban one ingredient after another. Should we freak out? More study is required and perhaps ban it for infants until the information is available.

As far as a cosmetic ingredient the safety is very good, in fact not many ingredients are as safe: Xanthan gum in our opinion, especially for a topic is extremely safe. We refuse to use SLS-based surfactants — for obvious reasons. A few years back we had to substitute rice protein in our conditioner because customers were freaking out about wheat protein. Again, we are talking about a topical product further diluted on wet hair.

BTW, there is NO gluten in wheat protein. I know what gluten is, I was a professional baker for over a decade. So my point is, if you really think you are allergic to a particular ingredient s then avoid those products. But painting a product as hazardous to the general population because you are allergic to it — goes against science.

Is that still considered a food? Where do we draw the line? As a company we are trying our best to make products as natural as possible. We spend an incredible time researching all available ingredients. But we believe in what we do and all the phone calls we get from people who have solved their health problems give us encouragement. We are losing the joy of eating and living in general, because so much is man made and hurting us and we have to be so vigilant instead of truly living.

Thank you for your information. What is your company? I learned a couple of years ago, to stop washing my hair so much every week.

I wash once maybe twice a week. Well, I never had a problem with food reactions, tens of years ago but now do. I have long said, I am not sure it is the Wheat etc as we ate those tens of years ago with relatively few problems but that it must be the things we now add in, AND the GMO and pesticides etc.

I can eat a bread in a certain restaurant on several visits…. Scary and embarrassing to say the least. Whenever I come back to the States from living in London, I have a horrible time eating salads in the restaurants I use oil and vinegar I think it is the pesticides and or whatever they use to wash the greens with.

So, I truly do not think for most of us, it is the actual food, but all these other man made and included products. When I was young you rarely heard of anyone having an allergy to anything….. Our medications even have additives that bother us. I have a surgery to schedule and I am dreading it for many reasons, and a large one is my violent reaction to the anesthetics the last two times plus the IV drips.

With an hour, my whole body was in peace. We have so little choice anymore. I think a lot of the issues in the last few years do have something to do with the GMO situation.

There are plenty of studies where people have had reactions to GMO corn for instance, but going back to non-gmo corn they still have issues as their body has no labeled corn as bad.

Gut bacteria is also a big one. Recently I heard of a scientific study excuse me for not finding the link where rodents fed exactly the same food — one group had fecal matter from an obese person in their gut and the second group fecal matter from a thin person.

The fat group grew fat and the thin group stayed thin. Yep, we make gentle shampoos. People report less hair in the shower drain. The gut bacteria sounds interesting. It sounds as though the overweight person, if eating properly, is on a Sysiphus type battle because of their bacteria. So now the key is how to change the gut bacteria of the overweight person. Are there thoughts on that? Kind of harsh stuff. Start here on the fecal bacteria: My only query on it would be that — what makes the newly introduced fecal bacteria more powerful than your own?

In other words what if your existing bacteria wipes out the newly transplanted bacteria — you start from scratch and problems continue? The wiki article is interesting as it talks about all the other gut issues like IBS, colitis, etc. I am one of those acute sufferers from xanthum gum.

After discussion with these companies, there is a general move towards labeling with corn warnings along with the rest. So think about it, if its that common — and it is — you might want to reconsider using a different ingredient OR clearly labeling for common allergy sufferers. Thanks for your re-consideration. Try being allergic to corn..

I can barely eat anything while I watch everyone else enjoy food. That would be why im lbs. Hi Peter, thank you for your informative post, unfortunately it is not as simple as you put it to avoid the dreaded XG, it is also in medication which has been high lighted to medical staff by myself, during my son 14 years of age stay in hospital. What is even more worrying is that people are not aware that it may be derived from, soy, corn,dairy and or wheat as it does not state which of the above.

We also have to prepare food to take with us. It is very difficult to find foods at a restaurant or fast food place that is safe for us to eat. I have had digestive issues for a long time and found that I am best when I eat fresh fruit and vegetables and no processed foods. On two occasions recently, after eating a coconut based ice-cream marketed as vegan, dairy free, certified kosher, soya free, egg free, gluten free, nut free, no added sugar!

I have had terrible diarroeah and on the second occasion nausea as well. Kylie, You might have an issue with coconut, not necessarily xantham gum. Check out the app or book from Monash Univ. A list compiled from their Nov. Whether they are natural or scientifically safe, they have made my life miserable. I used to eat any food, but now these additives are everywhere as others have noted. I eat GF because gluten gives me migraines. All the ingredients I mentioned give me migraines.

I would believe MANY more people are suffering in silence or ignorance of what food additives are doing to their bodies. I have friends who mention things, but are embarrassed to discuss. Science is unsympathetic, so writing to food companies, not eating such foods, writing about such problems elsewhere might be helpful. After months of strange allergic reactions to different types of foods, I began a food journal to track and discover what the trigger may be.

I had allergic reactions in the form of hives on my lips and would immediately need to use the restroom. My lip skin and the skin surrounding, would take weeks to fully heal. So after eating certain Cheese products, ice cream, Chalula hot sauce , Siracha hot sauce , I realized the common ingredient was Xanthan Gum!!!!

But its not just in food, I also has to throw out a few body lotions as well. I have gotten into the habit of checking all ingredients before ingesting although I rarely eat prepared foods.

A coworker brought me in a Caramel Frappacino yesterday; I fully enjoyed it until I started breaking out in hives! My arms were red and swollen in less than ten minutes and started getting dizzy. Lucky for my purse being stocked with Benedryl; took 3 pills and drank about a. Once my body calmed down I googled the ingredients of the Frapp, and what do ya know?

So this additive has found its way into all areas of production. That was my worst reaction yet, and very scary. The food journal for the purpose of pinpointing allergies is a great idea. I did a juice cleanse recently and felt great after with none of these symptoms. The first solid meal I had after was stir fry with veggies, quinoa and chicken.

About 2 hours later I felt awful again. Today I had a salad with marzetti salad dressing. The common ingredients are soybean oil, yeast extract and xanthan gum. I guess I know what to avoid now. Its also possible you may have developed a grain allergy, which is what happened to me.

Bake your own items using Tapioca flour, Garbanzo flour, and Coconut flour mixed together, unless you have an allergy to any of those I develop intolerance to Tapioca and Coconut too if I have it frequently. She has restricted diet due to intolerances including dairy, many fruits, xanthan gum. During a recent illness she was prescribed amoxicillin.

She has experienced continuous hiccupping, bloated stomach and tummy pain. After searching the web for amoxicillin ingredients, found out it contains xanthan gum. I always ask the pharmacist…if it contains XG, Maize, or Guar guar gum…which is derived from bean product!! Recently found out…you can have the same meds such as cetirizine, a antihistamine, with or without Maize Sweetcorn you would never know unless you read the ingredients!!

Usually the liquid does not contain the Maize…but the tablet does. Thanks, Chris, just what I needed: You just confirmed that my gut might not function on a physiological level but its instincts are doing fine: My father had Huntingtons, and this eventually meant he had difficulty swallowing. We were told to use Simply think in all of his drinks, soup. He did suffer great digestive distress. I wonder if this was why? In our desire to help, but in ignorance, we may actually cause more pain.

By giving my autistic daughter who had digestive issues from before I adopted her gluten free products, I may very well have exacerbated her problem. So many gluten free foods contained and now even more contain xanthan gum. I even bought a big bottle to use in cooking. Thank heaven I never got around to using it! We can only learn and move on.

Hi, Great post, I have been gluten free 4 years now, basically I know the diet is very basic but have never felt better. I am 66 and am still working. I use hemp flour as a protein supplement in my smoothies with no side effects. Almost everything I eat is fresh. Aches and pains in joints etc are minimal unless I stray. I love xanthan gum. I have IBS-C and taking just 1 tsp of this per day is about the only thing that prevents me from getting blockages, which could get me in the ER 3 times per year because of impactions, even with prescribed meds.

I had tried anything from any and every type of probiotic, to any and every type and dose of fiber, to any and every type of med, to any and every type of diet, bowel training and so on.

I spent the last 10 years struggling with that. Not enough gas to bring discomfort at least not more than my initial issues , and as time passes the colon gets used to it and it lessens. It would be great if it could be left out of food and only sold as a supplement for health and home cooking and the rest of the world not be fed it in so many other items without knowing the possible consequences.

I agree, it should be sold as a medication or remedy for constipation for those who need it to relieve symptoms, not forced upon the general public as an additive, for whom it can cause severe and even dangerous side effects, like for me intestinal hemorrhage.

Recall reading original use was as an oil rig drill lubricant; its discovery was from mold found on cabbage. In addition to the above reply I would also like to comment that intestinal Fluora composition can cause inflammation responses to foods and polysaccharides.

The above product has also been used to correct C. The probiotics repopulate the intestinal fluora and prevent other bacteria from overwhelming the gut with toxins that can cause inflammation. Please look up this product or a similar one and try it. See if some of your food allergies abate. I am looking to cook gluten and grain free except for grains Mike amaranth, millet, etc. I am always hunting for anything that will take down the inflammation levels.

My son is allergic to dairy and I have been reading labels, researching and blogging like crazy now… I too found some of the only truly dairy free products we can use, contain this gum now also… so idk what to do.. I am going to call the companies to check, but otherwise there is almost nothing completely dairy free out there to have on hand.. I am having the same concerns. The thing that is making me think that is OK, as un-natural as it is, xanthan gum is derived from the sugars, not the proteins.

Hi All, My son is in his 14th year and has multiple allergies……. I was diagnosed with celiac about 5 or 6 months ago.

Prior to that, I had a soy intolerance — probably from half a life-time of eating lots of soy products as I was a vegetarian due to my religion. Once the celiac kicked in, I started having problems with gluten free foods, like most people on this site.

I use a pendulum to let me know what is in foods before I buy or eat them. But being older and lazy, I sometimes neglect to bring it out.

But it has saved me a lot of grief. So, I went over every ingredient with my pendulum, and sure enough, it was xanthan. Last night, we took my DIL out for her birthday dinner — restaurant had a very nice gluten free menu, and I went over it with the pendulum, and my meal was fine. This morning, my tummy felt like crap and I was nauseated. So, I took the pendulum out and went over everything I ate, and sure enough, xanthan gum in the ice cream.

Now I have to go through everything in the house to make sure none of my toiletries, etc. I am almost 80 years old and would really like to feel good the rest of what is left of my life if I can. For years I struggled with some sort of mystery food intolerance.

It happened often, especially when eating out. I could not figure out what was bothering me, but whatever it was would have me doubled over on the toilet for hours, sometimes also leading to vomiting.

Doctors ran all sorts of tests, including an upper GI and allergy tests. I tried an elimination diet, but was unable to find the culprit. Fast forward to when I was breast feeding… my son was having a skin problem that may have stemmed from something in my diet, so I cut the likely culprits dairy, egg, soy, etc. I had bread with xanthan gum in it and, boy, did it make me sick!!

Just about every commercial gluten free baked good had the same effect. Then, I noticed that I often got sick when I had salad at restaurants nearly all commercial dressings contain xanthan gum- at home I always made my own dressing, so how would I know this?

Now that I avoid it, the mystery is solved. Whenever I do have a reaction, I can generally trace it back to a xanthan gum source. That stuff is awful, and in so many things! Thank you Shea for sharing your knowledge about the different foods that have bothered you.

I also often have to literally run to the bathroom after eating in restaurants, usually before I even finish eating. I knew it was not spoiled food because no one else would get sick from the same food.

I always attributed it to something that is sprayed on salads. Now I truly believe it is an Xanthan Gum allergy or reaction. Are Xantham Gum molecules absorbed into the skin? Will it be safe to use them, or should I avoid them completely? I had this same question. I react badly to xantham gum in my food, but do not have a problem with it in cosmetics I do check that it is not in anything going on or near my lips.

Thanks for the info. I have been on large doses of supplements for a year. Is it possible for you to expand on what happened with your frat brother? Perhaps lead me somewhere to find out more about this?

Although I do not know his great brother, I can tell you taking supplements is safe as long as you know what you are taking.

Simply doing your research on the supplement you are using can shove many problems. I use coconut oil and essential oils for most of my supplemental needs. I was born with Gastroschisis born with my insides on the outside of my body and and Xanthan Gum kills me. None of it is safe in my opinion. I couldnt figure out why i was swelling up and in lots of pain until i seen the 4th allergy specialist and he know right off back what it was and since ive cut out eating them ive felt much better but its tricky cause that stuff is in everything we eat.

There sure are a lot of comments on this post and I must confess I have not read them all but agree with a number of posts to stay away from processed foods.

You have to consider that these all contain processed products. So when gluten-free products became widely available I still avoided them because they too contain processed products. I think the biggest difference in my food life was to just avoid as many store-bought products as possible.

I found that making my own baked goods makes a huge difference in my health. I make cookies with only 3 or 4 ingredients in them, same for pie crusts, and many more processed foods.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention! So citric acid E is made using black mould involving yet another evil…fructose corn syrup. While ascorbic acid listed as E is found to be naturally occurring also, the industrial manufacturing process is different to citric acid and on a molecular level is the closest to vitamin C out of the two naturally occurring ascorbic acid is a form of vitamin C. As with anything manufactured, that slight difference in structure most often denies it the ability to be assimilated as a food component by our bodies.

Yes au naturale is prize 1 but everything is made up of a chemical combination, whether natural or man-made. I mean numerous fruit seeds contain cyanide but at such tiny doses do no harm to our bodies. I recently found out that I have a later in life intolerance to gluten. A search about this led me to this page and others. I am going to search for products without it, and for the occasional treat, bake my own, using chia seed and banana and egg.

That seems to work. My wife has an supra pubic catheter which blocks with long strands of a mucoid white substance when she uses a liquids thickener containing xanthin gum. I am convinced that the blockage is caused by the gum and on cutting the catheter open and examining the substance it does mould in to something resembling chewing gum.

However it seems unlikely that the thickener would be absorbed to pass into the bladder. Any thoughts on this, anyone? When I have used Truvia sweetener it gave me a bladder infection, apparently a common side effect. I had a colonoscopy that revealed a type of colitis. However, I was shown to be negative with many tests prior to.. I gave up my sugarless gum but had no relief. I just finished a book by a favorite author and the character thought he was dying. He had all the tests and turns out it was a reaction to gluten-free products.

How did you determine you had a reaction to xanthan gum? I never heard of this additive. By the way, I was negative on gluten intolerance tests too — they can actually only detect coeliac disease or wheat allergies.

There is no medical test for what a lot of people have — hypersesitivity to gluten. You just have to cut it out and see if you feel better, and then, if you or those around you need further convincing, after a few weeks eat a little bit and see how you react.

Allergy tests for gluten are always accurate. I had a lot of allergy testing done over the last few years and nothing showed any gluten or gliadin intolerance. But then I did the 23andme genetic testing and holy cow! Having this information and a doctor that knows how to interpret the information has been life changing for me. I had no idea about the Xgum and am now beginning to think that is why I am not feeling better. Confusing, I know, but too much to explain. My daughter works at a bakery where they make many gluten free products that I have been eating for several months and I still feel like crud!

They use Xgum in almost everything gluten free! So excited to find this article and comments. I have read all of them to this point to learn from regular people, so thank you everyone!

So sorry for the typo! The only thing you can do is read the labels on absolutely everything, and know the number E I am very alarmed at how the use of xantham gum is spreading all the time.

It started out with vinaigrettes, mayonnaise, and sauces, spread to cough medicines, a prescription antibiotic please trust us to just shake the bottle instead of glooping everything! I would be interested in hearing of any other bizarre uses. The manufacturers of xantham gum who are they? On a trip to England I stocked up with lots of gf treats — biscuits, cakes, breads etc.

If you think you have some unidentified food intolerances, keep a full food journal of everything you eat and drink for a few weeks, and any symptoms that you feel, it can really help to identify the culprits. By doing this I realised that I am also intolerant to aspartame I always knew I hated diet drinks — learn to trust your instincts — but this aspartame was in a cough medicine and that in France tinned lentils are contaminated with gluten.

What was the book incidentally? Unfortunately it will be a few months before my,insurance covers allergy testing. I have a friend who claims gluten intolerant but buys gluten free products.

I am going to share. Is there anyone else who suffers from insomnia after eating products containing xanthan gum or guar gum? I am very intolerant of caffeine so am wondering if these products also contain caffeine.. I would love to hear from anyone else who can verify this. One evening after work I was too lazy to cook, so I had some gluten-free brownies which contained xanthan gum.

I went to sleep for 10pm as usual. I was up until 2am just lying in bed, wide awake and alert, with thoughts rushing through my head. So only eat xanthan gum products in the day as an alternative to coffee. But even then, I find the rushing thoughts midday to be overwhelming. Hi yes i am the same. I can not tolerate xanthan gum or preservatives additives. I find i have insomnia. Also i find coffee affects my guts badly.. I tried a new organic pea protein powder tonight, and the next thing I know I was anxious and paranoid like a free basing crackhead.

I took an antihistamine just now and the throat tingling, lips and fat tongue subsided, but Hello! I had no idea xanthan gum was an issue for me. Xanthan gum contains free glutamate.

Hi, Genius have not removed xanthan gun. I have had severe IBS for over 20 years and for the first time every I bought two loaves of white gluten free bread last week: I have IBS and celiac disease…needless to say, I have suffered for many years with stomach disorders.

I am a gluten-free vegan who cannot have any wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, yeast, high mannitol or lectin content foods…and the list goes on I bake all my own muffins, pie crusts etc. However, I recently had a craving for pizza. I was actually fine the first few times I ate the pizza, but that soon changed and each time I ate it I would be sick the entire next day…it has a cumulative effect.

I now understand why I reacted so adversely to the xanthan gum…I hope my post can be of help to others who may have had a similar reaction. I have many of the same issues! Thanks for the tip of using baking powder and salt. I have to make everything from scratch and this will help with my baking. Thanks for the tips!! I, like you, cannot eat any of the foods you mentioned in your original post, and sometimes find it difficult to cook for the day.

It is now considerably easier than it was 2 years ago but it is still a huge problem. Lots of people do not believe that food plays a part in either one but my experience tells me otherwhise. I hope that you will carry on with the posts and suggestions for us!! I have been increasingly concerned about the dose, frequency, and duration of Miralax ordered for these children ages from infants as young as 12 months up to young adult.

Most receive it for numerous years consecutively. We use arrowroot as a thickener quite often. Later, it is added to a liquid medium to form the gum. Isopropyl alcohol is used to remove the oxygen from the element, thus preserving the shelf life, this is called esterification.

This produces an element that can be dried and last virtually forever. As a result with the use of zanthan gum it appears to draw large amounts of H2O from the body, to bind with the oxygen, and cause diarrhea, along with electrolyte imbalances, for children this can be deadly.

For adults with fluid balance problems, hypertension, or cardiac disease this can also be deadly. Esterification is used in the production of all fat soluble commercial vitamins. And Read Your Labels. Xanthan gum gives me terrible abdominal cramps, diarrhea, bloating and gas for three days after consuming even small amounts.

My daughter is now in the hospital after eating food that had only small amounts of it. Her colon swelled to a very large size she has a colostomy and part of her colon would come out into her bag each day.

After eating the food with the xanthan gum, it got so big that it popped off her colostomy pouch. Why do I think xanthan gum is the culprit? A couple years ago, my daughter was in the hospital for gastrointestinal issues. She had been vomiting for three days straight and her intestines shut down. After about a week on IVs, things started moving again and she was going to get to go home in another day.

The doctor decided to add thickener to her juice. I also took a sip to see what it was that made her not want any more. Nasty feel and taste. I flushed the remainder down the toilet. She writhed around in the bed, almost yanking out the IV tubes still in her.

It was horrendous to watch. I was having my own problems, having to go to the toilet with explosive diarrhea and having painful stomach cramps. I had these for three days. Finally at 6 in the morning, she calmed down and was able to sleep after suffering the whole night.

As awful as that experience was, I learned that xanthan gum is a big problem for us. I later found an article online that described others who have had similar trouble. For those with gastro troubles, I would encourage you to stay away from this additive.

I stumbled upon this site to read about Xanthan Gum and I found your comment about you and your daughter. It was tough to read. I am not a doctor but since young adulthood, I have struggled with intestinal issues — not super bad but whether it was bloating, gas, yeast infections or pain — it always tied back to intestinal flora.

I have been to many doctors and read much on the subject. We have trashed our intestinal flora. As well, my best friends son had the exact symptoms that you described with your daughter. Absolute excruciating intestinal pain and his intestinal walls would overlap and they opted for surgery.

For starters, get yourself and your daughter the best strains of probiotics. Not the ones you get at regular grocery stores! Only get the kind in the refrigerator sections because they are live cultures. Then switch stains from time to time. It sounds like your intestines have lost the ability to defend themselves. Anyway, I hope that helps and I wish for you and your daughter to recover and oh, stay away from sugar and refined carbohydrates!

Thanks for the reply. I believe that oral antibiotics have been accomplices with less than optimum foods and additives in causing the harm we are seeing. As a kid, I was thrilled when science allowed me to swallow my medicine instead of getting a needle. Instead, we seem to have become more reactive to the bad things. Probiotics refrigerated and in the billions of cells , organic food, whole food, pasture raised eggs and meat, drinking good water vs.

Twice I was given clindamycin and both times it took off all my skin on the outside and I thought I was dying on the inside. Had the hospital where I received it and Levaquin and large doses of Tylenol taken greater notice of the effects, I might never have taken it again. The maltodextrin used in Splenda is made from cornstarch, but this texturizer can also be made from rice, potato or wheat. In the case of wheat, it will be noted on the label, as this could cause symptoms of an allergic reaction, including rash, swelling and difficulty breathing.

Maltodextrin made from wheat could also cause side effects in people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. These include diarrhea, bloating, rash and muscle cramps. Artificial sweeteners are sometimes used in an attempt to cut calories and lose weight. However, some research indicates that these sweeteners may have the opposite effect, according to an article published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine in June This could be due to people overcompensating for the calories they save by eating more or the sweet taste causing cravings for more sweet foods, thus producing an increase in calorie consumption.

A study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health -- Part A in found that consuming Splenda caused decreases in beneficial bacteria and caused other changes in the guts of rats that could limit the effectiveness of certain medications. Further research is necessary to determine whether it has this effect in people as well.

Sucralose may also increase blood sugar levels to some extent. A study published in Diabetes Care in April found that people experienced increases in blood sugar after drinking a beverage sweetened with sucralose but didn't experience these increases when drinking water, which was the control beverage.

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