Xanthan Gum Is Low FODMAP!

Posted on January 30, 2017

We know you’ve been itching to know this result! 

We’re excited to announce that xanthan gum is low FODMAP!

At 5g, xanthan gum safely passes as low FODMAP!

This is excellent news for us FODMAPpers, because now we can eat with confidence, knowing that foods we buy are safe when xanthan gum is found in them in small amounts. But what is xanthan gum?

What is xanthan gum?

Xanthan gum is a long chain of sugars – polysaccharides – produced by a bacterium called Xanthomonas campestris. One of the most amazing things xanthan gum does is act as a food thickener. For this reason, it is most often found in sauces and salad dressings. Xanthan gum helps to prevent water and oil separating out from one another when they are mixed, helping to create an emulsion. Xanthan gum is also a clever food, because it helps to create the smooth texture of ice creams, along with guar gum, which is also low FODMAP at 15g (see below image).



In which food products will I find xanthan gum?

Xanthan gum is often used in gluten-free baking to help give gluten free products the same texture and mouth-feel of gluten-containing products. Xanthan gum is used to give the batters and doughs of cakes, breads and other baked goods a lovely stickiness that would otherwise be produced with in the presence of gluten. How great is it now knowing it’s low FODMAP too? Woohoo!

See xanthan gum in the FODMAP Friendly App and..

Eat with confidence!


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