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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

Photo of a box of corn starch

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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Carrageenan

Harvesting seaweed for carrageenan

Carrageenan Carrageenans are a class of molecule that is extracted from edible red seaweed. Processed eucheuma seaweed is another name for carrageenan. They are commonly used in the food industry for their gelling, thickening and stabilizing properties. Purpose Carrageenan is a

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Agar Agar

Purpose: As a food additive, agar-agar (or just agar) is used as a gelling agent. It is also used to thicken and/or stabilize various foods. Agar is used to form dental impressions. It is also the preferred medium used to

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Acacia Gum

Information about food additive Acacia Gum, Arabic Gum.

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