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    • CommentAuthorpippa
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2011
    There have been a lot of discussion lately about gluten intolerence with a few comments about using gluten free flours.

    Using gluten free flour is new to me so I have purchased a couple of GF cook books and found that most of the recipies call for Xanathan gum or Guar gum which startled me as those are two products that I have been told to never consume and avoid like the plague as I have an Inflamitory Bowel disease ( Crohns) .
    I know others here have bowel problems so thought I would post a warning to be careful using these two products if you have IBS or IBD.

    Xanathan gum is often already addded to prepared biscuit and bread flour mixes.

    Below are some quotes I found on the Internet .And I do realize using it will not bother some people but some should use caution and be aware of any potential side effects.


    People with allergies or sensitivity to corn might be wise to avoid xanthan gum which is corn-based, It's made by fermenting corn sugar .

    Gastrointestinal Disturbance
    Xanthan gum tends to produce side effects mainly involving the gastrointestinal tract. For example, it has the reputation of being a highly efficient laxative; that is, it is associated with the side effect of diarrhea, according to In addition to the diarrhea, you may notice accompanying symptoms such as excessive gas and stomach pain after ingesting a food with xanthan gum; other possible side effects that you may notice are bloating and feeling nauseated, according to . If side effects do occur, contact your doctor as soon as possible; or, if adverse effects such as diarrhea or abdominal pain increase in severity, go to an emergency room immediately for prompt medical care.

    Breathing Problems
    Xanthan gum is an odorless, colorless powder that has the potential to be breathed in, for example, during situations where you are handling the powder for food preparation over a significant amount of time. Specifically, inhaling xanthan gum powder can irritate the nasal passages as well as the throat, and produce some lung problems, states This side effect is not a major or frequent occurrence, so respiratory problems are not a serious cause for alarm; however, if you have been around xanthan gum powder and notice that your nose and throat feel irritated, contact your doctor for evaluation.

    Xanthan gum is considered to be generally safe to consume, yet the fact that it is derived from corn and plants may lead to some adverse reactions in those who are sensitive to those products. Therefore, if you are allergic to any common plant products, you should be alert to products containing xanthan gum and avoid them. If you experience a itchy rash or hives as well as breathing problems after ingesting xanthan gum, go to an emergency room immediately for prompt medical care.

    Larger doses of guar gum have potentially hazardous side effects.
    If you have any history of colon cancer in your family, you should be cautious when consuming large amounts of guar gum.Also be careful if you suffer from any kind of Ibs or IBD
    • CommentAuthorAijca
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2012
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