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What is Xanthan Gum?

Xanthan Gum What is Xanthan Gum? Xanthan gum, as a food additive, is used to thicken or stabilize processed foods. It’s name comes from the bacteria Xanthomonas campestris.  This the same bacterium that causes black rot to form on broccoli, cauliflower,

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Modified Corn Starch

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Modified Corn Starch: What is it and Why is it in Your Food? Modified corn starch (sometimes also referred to as modified food starch) is a vague term found on ingredient labels. It refers to corn starch that has been

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Sodium Phosphate

Sodium Phosphate In chemistry, a salt is a compound that forms when an acid and base react to neutralize one another.  Sodium phosphate is a term used to describe the various salts of sodium and phosphate. “Trisodium phosphate hydrate“. Licensed

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What is Soy Lecithin?

Photo of Ingredient Label Containing Soy Lecithin

Lecithin Purpose Lecithin is a food additive with an E number of 322. It is used as an emulsifier.  An emulsifier is a substance used to stabilize mixtures of oil and water preventing separation. Description: Lecithin is very common.  It

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