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Study Helps Explain How Xanthan Gum, a Common Food Additive, Is Processed in the Gut

April 13, 2022


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<5 mins
Presented by Health Lab

You’ve probably heard of xanthan gum, a common food additive in processed foods, but do you know how the ingredient might be changing your microbiome? Matthew Ostrowski, Ph.D., and Eric Martens, Ph.D. of the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Microbiology and Immunology, along with researchers at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, seek to understand how food ingredients are changing our microbiomes, for better or worse. Ostrowski highlights some of the team’s findings and explains how this first step in understanding might be significant for individuals who consume above-average amounts of xanthan gum, specifically those following gluten-free diets.

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