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defcon
07-30-2003, 04:05 PM
I was wondering if anyone has any info on this ingredient.. it is listen in some of the hot sauces i seen at the store, but not listed in others.. ( im talking about actually hot sauce, like tabasco ect. bot BBQ type sauces. ). thanx in advance

bradley
07-30-2003, 04:28 PM
It is used in products to increase the thickness and stabilize the ingredients. Often found in things like salad dressing, ice cream, cheese products, etc.

defcon
07-30-2003, 04:39 PM
so lets say i was cutting.. would it be ight to consume products that contain it?

bradley
07-30-2003, 04:44 PM
Originally posted by defcon
so lets say i was cutting.. would it be ight to consume products that contain it?

Seeing as how the products are only going to contain small amounts of it, yes.

defcon
07-30-2003, 05:13 PM
thanx brad. i should get you to come to my house and be my dietition :P What are you doing with your life as a career anyway? bodybuilding? or school for nuti.? or what? if you don't mind me asking..

raniali
07-30-2003, 05:22 PM
this is interesting : http://www.inchem.org/documents/jecfa/jecmono/v06je39.htm

The caloric availability and digestibility indicated that xantham
gum is not utilized by the body and the conclusion was substantiated
by finding that practically all of the gum fed during a seven-day
period could be accounted for in the faeces (Booth et al., 1963).

defcon
07-30-2003, 05:24 PM
yeah i know, i read sumwhere that a tablespoon of this gum contains 8 g carbs, but 9 g fiber.. I get the feeling that xanthan gum is a weird substance :P that is why i posted here :)

bradley
07-31-2003, 02:27 AM
Originally posted by defcon
yeah i know, i read sumwhere that a tablespoon of this gum contains 8 g carbs, but 9 g fiber.. I get the feeling that xanthan gum is a weird substance :P that is why i posted here :)

http://www.wine.demon.co.uk/xanthan/dietary.html



What are you doing with your life as a career anyway? bodybuilding? or school for nuti.? or what? if you don't mind me asking..


Well I have been in business school for the last year or so, but I have decided to go into nursing school which I will begin in a couple of weeks. I have also been in the US Navy, hence the reason for the later start in school.:)

Thanks for asking.

eatit
01-26-2006, 11:21 AM
Anyone know where i'd be able to buy some? It seems like it might be good to use in shakes while cutting to thicken them up and give them a bit more bulk.

Scooter
01-26-2006, 02:43 PM
i would rather fill a shake with pb, banana, or oats to thicken it but here you go:
http://www.totaldiscountvitamins.com/default.asp?CatalogID=1869&SubfolderID=76&AssocID=froogle

Mbaboy
01-26-2006, 03:29 PM
I can't find the exact source, but I' read it's not a good idea to make a habit of eating things like xantham gum that aren't absorbed by the digestive system. It may not be true for this substance, but others that aren't really absorbed by the body caused digestive problems even after subjects stopped taking them (anyone remember WoW?). Just a little something you might wanna look up.

eatit
01-26-2006, 04:36 PM
i would rather fill a shake with pb, banana, or oats to thicken it but here you go:
http://www.totaldiscountvitamins.com/default.asp?CatalogID=1869&SubfolderID=76&AssocID=froogle

i'm cutting... so pb, banana or any substantial ammount of oats in a shake means i have to cut back on real food that i eat during the day. Not worth it.

adotson
01-26-2006, 04:53 PM
Xanthum gum in used in many products. My x-gf had to use this product extensively since she was allergic to gluten (gluten is a protien found in wheat, barley, and many other grains). In her case and most likely in the products you are looking at the gum was used as a binding or a thickening agent (kind of like cornstarch) when alternative flours are used (rice, buckwheat, bean, etc.) they will not stick together like normal wheat flour. So think of it as something that must be added to these alternative flours or ingredients to make them stick together in the manner that the creator desires (like in a bar).

eatit
01-26-2006, 05:34 PM
Do you know where she got it from? I live in vancouver so i have pretty good access to specialty stores and would rather just go pick it up than order it online.

adotson
01-27-2006, 04:34 PM
Eatit - She would buy it from stores such as Wild Oats, Sprouts, or Sunflower Market. These are grocery stores that are more for the natural and specialty foods. Another note is that when she lived in Scotland it was available at Tesco which was the standard grocery store but I have read that having a gluten allergy is much more common in europe so they cater to those peoples needs more.

adotson
01-27-2006, 04:40 PM
Bob's Red Mill (http://www.bobsredmill.com/storefinder.php) is a brand that she used to buy. It looks like you can go online and based on the province you are in you can see if there are any stores.