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Xanthan Gum

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My favorite flour blend was arrowhead mills gluten free all purpose flour blend untill they just recently reformulated it. They substituted xanthan gum in place of guar gum and I think I may be reacting to it. Is that even possible? Well, I was looking up different recipes to try and make my own and everything calls for xanthan gum. Are the two gums interchangeable? I would love a good recipe for this without xanthan gum...I usually make pancakes with it. Thanks!

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According to one of the gluten-free cookbooks I have, it says that guar gum can be used instead of xanthan gum (but I don't think the other way round). It says however that if a recipe calls for 1 tsp xanthan, then use 1 1/2 tsp guar gum.

I've also seen recipes using ground flax or ground chia, instead of xanthan, but I'm not sure about the amounts. You may have to experiment.

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Xanthan gum is grown on corn. Before I realized I was corn intolerant, I bought some. I never got to use it. I can't get guar gum in my town, so I bought some ground flaxseed. They SAY you can use it in place of the xantan gum, but I don't know how to cook, and frankly, I've been afraid to try baking anything yet. Here is a list of things you could use instead:

http://gluten.lovetoknow.com/xanthan-gum-substitute

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Thanks! I got some work to do...

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