Xanthan Gum VS Guar Gum

Did you know that Xanthan gum and Guar gum are virtually the same? They are completely inter-changable.

I have been using Xanthan gum because that is what is called for in most recipes but I recently found out that you can substitute Guar gum measure for measure and (here’s the kicker) GUAR GUM IS  LESS EXPENSIVE (BY QUITE A BIT)


4 thoughts on “Xanthan Gum VS Guar Gum

  1. I can’t find an answer for you – sorry!
    Are you the same Audrey that is on Gluten Free Faces? Why not start a discussion with this question?

  2. I can’t have xanthum gum due to gastrointestinal upset. I am unsure about Guar gum, but fear the same. Breads don’t seem to be the same without them and I am unsure how to solve this.

  3. Fibre does not mean laxative. Fibre actually balances things in the intestines and prevents both diahhrea and constipation.

  4. I try to avoid guar gum whenever possible – it is a laxative. In fact, take a look at the ingredients of Benefibre – “Each tablet contains: 1.33 grams partially hydrolyzed guar gum (a 100% natural fibre).”

    I’m sure many Celiacs do not need help in that department and I never understood why so many foods designed for Celiacs contain guar gum.

    Xanthan gum may be expensive but a little goes a long way.

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