Xanthan gum is a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged (fermented) sugars with a certain kind of bacteria. Xanthan is created on corn, a genetically modified organism plant so if you are attempting to keep GMOs out of your food you need to omit Xanthan gum.
Xanthan gum can cause some side effects such as intestinal gas and bloating. So some people with Celiac’s Disease or gluten intolerance can still experience gluten type symptoms when consuming Xanthan gum.
Guar Gum comes from the seed of the guar plant, which is a low-growing legume introduced to the United States by India in 1903.
Guar gum has been known to cause blockage of the esophagus and intestines when taken in large amounts without enough water. Guar gum also is very high in fiber and has been known to cause digestive upset in some individuals.
So I was excited when I found the recipe for Pixie Dust. Pixie Dust is a Xanthan gum and Guar gum replacer made by combining seeds.
- golden flax seeds – 20 grams
- chia seeds- either color – 10 grams
- psyllium seed husk – 5 grams
(for amounts visit The Gluten Free Doctor)
Grind all of the seeds and husk in a coffee grinder till floury.
Store in the freezer till you need for a recipe.
10 grams (2 1/2 tsp) of this powder stand in well for 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan or guar gum.