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Xanthum Gum In The Ingredients?

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Xanthan gum itself is gluten-free, but be sure to check the rest of the ingredients on the label. :) I believe it's used as a thickener of sorts, often in place of wheat.

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Xanthum gum is often used as a binder for nonwheat flours to stop them from crumbling. However its presence says nothing about the gluten free status of a given product.


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If all the other ingredients look ok but the Natural flavors and there is Xanthum gum in it is it usually gluten free?

Xanthan Gum itself is gluten free. Natural flavors may not be. What product are you looking for information on? If you post asking about a specific product people here may be able to answer better the gluten free status.

Here is a link to a list of unsafe ingredients: https://www.celiac.com/articles.html/forbidden-gluten-food-list-unsafe-ingredients-r182/

From that link:

"According to 21 C.F.R. S 101,22(a)(3): [t]he terns natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof. Whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional. "

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