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7/8/13 3:08 P

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Somewhat off topic, but an interesting tidbit on guar gum...

I heard on NPR a while back that they use guar gum for fracking (they pump it into the earth, mixed in with water)... and how volatile the market price for it has been as a result.

Kinda like what happened to corn once it was used to make ethanol to add to gasoline.

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7/7/13 9:33 A

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I am not sure, but I suspect that I react to the gums. Bottom line, I just decided......I'd do without them as much as possible. I have found many delicious baked goods recipes that do not use them. Pinterest is great for recipe gathering! I do use Rudi's and Udi's breads once in a while to make french toast and there's some random gums here & there....but it's as little as possible.

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7/6/13 9:20 A

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I have issues with xanthan and guar gum so I avoid them. I agree that most of the foods containing these are things we shouldn't be eating on a regular basis anyway.

My solution to the problem is to make all my baked goods myself. Then I know that they are going to be a healthy treat. I use gelatin in some of my baked goods to hold them together, it works really well. I find I have to tweak or downright create a lot of recipes myself. My cookbook is a mess right now with old gluten filled recipes, intermediate xanthan gum recipes and finally my recipes from where I am today grain free, legume and gum free.

I've recently discovered that there is gluten in all grains! That certainly explains my problems. urbanposer.blogspot.ca/2012/01/what-
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5/29/13 10:44 A

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I don't know if I have a problem with xanthum gum or not. I do know that I can't eat a lot of processed foods because if I do I am knocking people over to get to the bathroom. I try to eat as cleanly as possible and then I feel fine. I really don't mind cutting out the goodies. I did get a couple of gluten free cookbooks and the desert section really helped when I have that sweet craving.

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5/28/13 9:53 P

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Don't quote me on this, but investigate. I was watching food inc. movie. They said if I remember correctly that the xanthan gum is made from GMO corn which can cause issues.

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5/28/13 8:22 P

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I can't handle xanthan gum at all. I sometimes fall back on gluten-free foods that use it and am reminded that it can irritate my system just as much as gluten sometimes.

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5/28/13 5:52 P

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Yeah, I think over-indulging is most likely the problem, but then one day I had just 2 small (2") cookies all day & it resurfaced. And for whatever reason, it's only happened with the BC mix & the cookies made with Cup-4-Cup. I've had Namaste pancake mix, Udi's pizza crust, the Rudi's tortillas, Van's waffles, and other pre-made items with no problems. Just wierd.

@ Mzz, I agree-when I eat naturally GF food & don't go for items processed to be GF, I do feel better. Also, going GF totally helps me make better choices (usually!). It's been a great way for me to stay away from stuff I shouldn't have when I'm out & about-why it's easier to turn down doughnuts at work after going GF than it was when I was just doing it to lose weight, I don't know! It's funny, but eating so that my gut & body feel better is easier than eating to lose weight. (for me)

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5/28/13 4:49 P

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If I eat too much xanthan gum products, I get a case of the big "D". with lots of bloating. Bakes goods bother me a lot so I only eat about 1/2 of a cupcake, etc. and I have no problem.

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MZZCHIEF's Photo MZZCHIEF Posts: 9,268
5/28/13 1:42 P

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I just avoid anything faux the majority of the time.
Its a lot easier... there's so many good things we can have to eat that are "real"... tasty and good for you, don't cause problems.

The faux stuff, GF brownies, cookies, pizza etc... they're really things we should be avoiding in the first place as they are high in calories and low in nutrition.

Actually one of the great things about being gluten intolerant is that it provides the perfect excuse not to make those things or eat them.

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5/28/13 1:25 A

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I haven't tried Rudi's tortillas yet but can vouch that there are a small percentage, including myself, that react to BC brownies. Don't have a problem with the rest of GF line except they were crap in my opinion.

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5/27/13 11:58 P

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Don't remember if I had that be cause I make my food with I want some sweets because most foods have corn flour in

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Okay, I've eaten foods made with xanthan gum with no problems-for example, almost every day I have a Rudi's tortilla & no issues. But I've had really bad reactions to 2 things-first, the Betty Crocker brownie mix brownies. Second, homemade cookies made with a GF flour mix. I know I overindulged on both-having some of the batter as well too much of the finished product on the same night. I ended up super-bloated with horrible gas & cramps.

From WebMD: " 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."

I guess that's my punishment for overindulging? :) Anyone else experience this?

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