12th November 2019


Can you use cornstarch in place of xanthan gum?

Cornstarch. Cornstarch is a good xanthan gum substitute and is used as a thickening agent in sauces, soups and gravies. Both Cornstarch and Arrowroot can be used in a 1:1 ration when replacing Xanthan Gum.

Keeping this in consideration, what can be used in place of xanthan gum?

While the following substitutions do work well, some of these ingredients may be more expensive than xanthan gum.
  • Cornstarch. Cornstarch makes an ideal substitute for xanthan gum when used in baked goods, gravies and sauces.
  • Arrowroot. Arrowroot has a similar appearance and consistency to cornstarch.
  • Gelatin.
  • Agar Agar.

Why is xanthan gum bad?

Xanthan gum is safe when up to 15 grams per day are taken. It can cause some side effects such as intestinal gas (flatulence) and bloating. People who are exposed to xanthan gum powder might experience flu-like symptoms, nose and throat irritation, and lung problems.
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