Food Additives that Sound Scary but Aren’t – Eat Drink Better

Food additives like gellan gum, guar gum, xanthan gum, lethicin, dextrose and ascorbyl palmitate may sound toxic, but really aren’t


Not all food additives are created equal. We talk a lot about potentially harmful ingredients in our food, but some food additives sound a lot scarier than they are.

1. Gellan gum – This is a gelling agent, which might still sound scary. But wait! Gellan gum is what’s known as a bacterial capsular polysaccharide made from fermented plants. It’s similar to agar agar, a seaweed powder, and it’s even allowed as an ingredient in the USDA National Organic Program.

What it’s for: Gellan gum is a thickener and stablizer. Companies also use it in place of gelatin to create vegetarian and vegan gummy candy.

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