Chemical formula (C35H49O29)n
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Xanthan gum is a popular food supplement that is usually added to food as a thickener or stabilizer. It is created by fermentation of sugar by bacteria such as Xanthomonas campestris. When sugar is fermented, it creates a viscous substance that becomes solid after the addition of alcohol. It is then dried and powdered. When xanthan gum is added to the liquid, it quickly dissipates and forms a viscous and stable solution. Due to this property, it is considered a strong thickening, suspending and stabilizing agent for many products.
Xanthan gum is also found in many personal care products and cosmetics — toothpastes, creams, lotions, shampoos. The benefit is that it makes them solid, but still easy to flow out of their containers. It also allows the suspension of solid particles in liquids.
Xanthan gum is used in many industrial products because of its ability to withstand various temperatures and pH levels, adhere to surfaces and thicken liquids, while maintaining good fluidity of the substance, which is especially important in the manufacture of paints, adhesives, etc. Industrial products containing xanthan gum: fungicides, herbicides and insecticides tiles, toilet bowls, paints, liquids used in oil drilling, wallpaper glue.