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What Is Xanthum Gum


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#1 lucycampbell55

 
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Posted 03 March 2004 - 10:33 AM

:unsure: Okay, I give up. I've been trying to find out what Xanthum Gum is and what it's purpose is. I know that I probably sound dumb :wacko: but I can't seem to find an answer.

I asked the lady at the health store and she said it was used as an egg substitute. Is this true? I'm new at this, just diagnosed in November and I still am having a hard time baking any thing that looks remotely like a piece of bread. :unsure:

I know there is someone out there who can help. :(

Please help..... Lucy
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Posted 03 March 2004 - 12:56 PM

It's a derivative from the cell wall of a bacteria. It adds "stickiness" and "structure" to bread in a similar (but not identical) way that gluten does, so that the bread can hold itself together.
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Posted 03 March 2004 - 01:43 PM

:D Thank you very much. I appreciate your answer.

Lucy
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