With its ability to thicken and flavor sauces, liquids, and foods, xanthan gum is a chef’s best friend. Although it derives from mixing fermented sugars with bacteria, it has a neutral flavor. It has a similar mouthfeel to fat, which gives it a starring role in low-fat foods. The significance of “80 mesh” relates to grain size; 80 mesh xanthan gum is suitable for almost all conditions. Read below to learn how xanthan gum will help your commercial kitchen thrive.
Emulsion and stabilization: When foods and liquids are emulsified, oils and water mix together equally, as in dressings and sauces. With stabilization, particles are evenly suspended in a solution, giving the same flavor to foods and beverages with each mouthful. The emulsification properties also inhibit or slow crystallization of products over time.
Adding texture: Even minute amounts of xanthan gum give food a heartier texture, adding bulk to creams, soups, purees, and sauces. Many foods often appear bulky with initial mixing, but break down over time. Xanthan gum stabilizes creamy foods to keep particles evenly distributed within the solvent, causing foods to look and taste more appealing even after extended periods of time.
Moisture retention: Baked goods retain moisture with the addition of xanthan gum. Moisture also plays a role in its pharmaceutical uses. Because of its ability to impede the absorption of sugar, patients who suffer from dry mouth use xanthan gum as a saliva substitute. Moisture retention also aids patients with intestinal discomfort by stimulating the movement of food through the intestine.
Other pharmaceutical uses: Toothpastes and medicines are stabilized with xanthan gum, blood sugar and cholesterol levels are lowered, and slow-release medications are stabilized.
Cosmetic use: Used topically, xanthan gum gives facial masks and cleansers, gels, and creams a silky texture.
Another benefit of xanthan gum 80 mesh is its ability to work in high salinity, alkaline, or acidic conditions. This gives the food and beverage industry, as well as the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry, opportunities to utilize xanthan gum where other products may not suffice.
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