Xanthan Gum

“Never eat more than you can lift.”  Miss Piggy

In one of my last posts, which was about faux split pea soup, I mentioned the addition of xanthan gum used to thicken up the broth a bit.  For those of you who are xanthan virgins, like me, let me assure you that this product is perfectly safe if you don’t mind the side effects.

Actually, it seems that this product in moderate amounts (?) might aid those who suffer from constipation.  It also seems to affect, in a good way, people with high blood pressure and blood sugar levels.  Plus, it’s gluten and carb free!  I got all this info from the Internet so it must be true.  Bow your head and whisper a prayer of thanksgiving.

The only problems with the product, unless you’re a lab rat and were fed twice it’s weight in xanthan gum for a year, are two.  First, some food guru said that in order to eat a healthy diet we should never eat anything that our grandmothers wouldn’t recognize as a real food.  Well, my grandmother used to make pies with crusts that were impossible to cut through except with a very sharp knife.  My grandmother also had a soup recipe that called for fresh duck’s blood.  Oh dear.  I hope you’re not reading this while eating your lunch.

The other problem with this product is the spelling.  Google insists that it’s spelled xanthan, while this site keeps marking xanthan as misspelled and trying to change the spelling to xanthin.  Oh, dear.

Anyway, that’s my big problem of the day.  I did order xanthan online, only because our Prime Account is tied into my husband’s credit card so it’s virtually free to me.  I never said I was a marriage bargain.

Will report on the xanthan in two days when it arrives with its free shipping.  Will stir some into my faux split pea soup.  Got lots of that delicious soup in the freezer.  Life is good!

Loveya – The Grandma

 

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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