xanthan gum vs guar gum?

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   Posted 12/6/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
I was wondering if anyone knows if you can sub one for the other, or if they both give different results?  I'm just starting to learn about gluten free baking so any info or suggestions would be appreciated!
Thanks, KO

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   Posted 12/6/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi KO,

I used to use xanthan gum. Since I have been using almond and coconut flours, I generally don't need to add any gums to the recipe.

I think that you can sub one for the other, but I know that guar gum has the reputation of causing indigestion/loose stools in some people, and since I have plenty of the "D" without it, I try to avoid guar gum.

Xanthan gum is produced using some sort of corn product, and guar gum is produced using a legume product, so people trying to avoid corn or GMO foods should probably avoid xanthan gum, because corn is usually GMO.

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   Posted 12/6/2010 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Guar gum is a laxative, i found this out the hard way. They interchange in recipes with no trouble or amount changes. I've heard you can also substitute amaranth powder as well.

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   Posted 12/7/2010 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the response!
The reason I was asking is because I'm just starting to explore gluten free baking and have some Guar Gum from ice cream making.  I went to the store to see if I could get all the ingredients I needed and saw that xanthan gum is over $10 for a 8oz bag.  I imagine that it last for a long time (when you only use 1 - 1 1/2 teaspoons at a time), but if my bread is a flop I didn't want to waste the money.  Thanks, KO
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