Xanthan gum is a natural biopolymer produced by fermentation of sugar, dextrose, corn syrup or starch by Xanthomonas campestris. Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer in many applications to provide excellent particulate suspension, emulsion stability, viscosity, moisture retention, and freeze-thaw stability.
Xanthan gum is soluble in both hot and cold water. The key advantages to using xanthan gum are that it imparts high viscosity solutions at low concentrations, it is stable over a wide range of pH levels and temperatures, and it is compatible with applications containing salt and enzymes.
Solutions of xanthan gum exhibit a pseudoplastic rheology; as shear forces are increased, the viscosity decreases and as shear forces are decreased, the apparent viscosity increases again. This characteristic is employed to suspend particles at rest and stabilize emulsions while promoting ease of pumping and pouring.
Xanthan gum is synergistic with locust bean gum and tara gum to form thermo-reversible gels, and with guar gum to provide enhanced viscosity.
Ingredients Solutions offers a broad range of xanthan gums.
Xanthan 80 – a standard mesh product that is easy to disperse and hydrates rapidly
Xanthan 200 – a fine mesh product with very rapid hydration making it suitable for dry mix formulations
Quik-Xan – an agglomerated product that provides a combination of easy dispersion, rapid hydration, and very low dust
Xanthan CG – cosmetic grade xanthan that meets the specifications set forth in NF/USP. Suitable for cosmetic and personal care applications
- Salad dressings and sauces
- Bakery mixes
- Dry mix beverages, gravies, desserts and seasoning mixes