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Doctor insights on: Xanthan Guar Gum Homemade Vegan Cheese

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I am currently pregnant and my husband is worried about me eating (pasteurized) cheese because it contains xanthan gum. Is it safe for me to eat?

I am currently pregnant and my husband is worried about me eating (pasteurized) cheese because it contains xanthan gum. Is it safe for me to eat?

Yes: Pasteurized cheese is safe to eat if stored properly. Xanthan gum is one of those food additives found in so many foods... haven't heard of it causing birth defects. As long as one is not overdoing her cheese-eating, there should be no worries. Everything in moderation, as always. ...Read more

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Isit healthier to feed kids oatmeal everyday with guar gum or evaporated cane juice? Does all ecjuice contain sucralose or has to be listed ingredient

Isit healthier to feed kids oatmeal everyday with guar gum or evaporated cane juice? Does all ecjuice contain sucralose or has to be listed ingredient

Oatmeal: Why put anything in the oatmeal? It is a great food by itself. Complex carbs, fiber, some protein. The guar just adds extra fiber, and the juice is a sweetener. If you need a sweetener for taste, that is your choice, and it should not matter whether it is fruit juice, sugar, honey, etc. I would avoid artificial sweeteners in kids. The calories from a little honey is minimal. ...Read more

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What must I know before using guar gum?

What must I know before using guar gum?

Guar gum must knows: Can reduce the effects of some birth control pills (ethinyl estradiol). If taken with diabetes medications it can make them double potent thereby causing blood sugars to go too low. Can reduce the the effectiveness of metformin (glucophage) and decrease effect of penicillin. ...Read more

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What are guar gum supplements used for?

What are guar gum supplements used for?

Guar gum: Must be used with caution. Used for a laxative, treating diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, diabetes, cholesterol reduction and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) must drink lots of water with them. ...Read more

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Is oatmeal with evaporated cane juice better for you than guar gum in oatmeal? I understand ecj is a sweetener contains sucrose and guar gum cancer

Is oatmeal with evaporated cane juice better for you than guar gum in oatmeal? I understand ecj is a sweetener contains sucrose and guar gum cancer

No concerns for Canc: I would not be concerned about cancer related to sugar as long as it is eaten in moderation and your weight is in the healthy range. This question is only relevant if you are overweight in which case reduce the amount of sweetners that you use but do so slowly. ...Read more

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What are the effects of guar gum?

What are the effects of guar gum?

Used as a laxative: Guar gum is used as a laxative. It is also used for treating diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (ibs), obesity, and diabetes; for reducing cholesterol; and for preventing “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis).

Not really a dental question but I hope it helps. ...Read more

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Does xanthan gum powder help to curb appetite?

Does xanthan gum powder help to curb appetite?

Maybe: Xanthan gum powder can help make a smoothy smoother and more filling to those who want to eat the kitchen table. Its worth trying. More importantly, eat every 3 hours, small 150-200cal snacks, drink 0.5oz water/pound you weigh, eat low glycemic, eat fibrousy food and high protein food to help curb the appettie. ...Read more

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What is modified food starch, tapioca dextrin, and xanthan gum?

What is modified food starch, tapioca dextrin, and xanthan gum?

Food thickeners: These are thickeners added to food, rather than being nutritious ingredients in themselves. It's an attempt to add fiber. Tapioca dextrin comes from the root of the cassava plant, and is gluten-free. Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide made from certain bacteria. ...Read more

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Hello. What are the ingredients Xanthan Gum and Rebaudioside A? I was wondering if they are safe? It's in a food product. Thanks

Hello. What are the ingredients Xanthan Gum and Rebaudioside A? I was wondering if they are safe? It's in a food product. Thanks

Safe: Xanthum gum is a tree sap that increases the viscosity of foods. It is useful in making foams. It is commonly found as a major ingredient in marshmallows among many other foods.
The other is a barely artificial sweetener that is a derivative of glucose. It is not far from glucose but is perceived as much sweeter and doesn't interact much with the body. They are FDA studied as safe. ...Read more

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Is the ingredient Xanthan gum that are in foods and protein shakes safe to consume? Thanks

Is the ingredient Xanthan gum that are in foods and protein shakes safe to consume? Thanks

IN general yes: In general xanthan gum is safe, however, different people react to food additives differently. Avoid processed foods as much as you can and eat real, whole foods to avoid additives. For example, eat meat, cheese, eggs, beans, or nuts instead of drinking protein shakes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink squash which contains xanthan gum during pregnancy? The list of ingredients on bottle does not specify how much per millilitre.

Is it safe to drink squash which contains xanthan gum during pregnancy? The list of ingredients on bottle does not specify how much per millilitre.

Safe.: Xanthan gum is the product formed when lactose, sucrose or glucose is fermented by a bacteria known as xanthomonas campestris. It has undergone extensive testing and is considere safe. ...Read more

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What are you opinions on going entirely vegan with no meats, fish, cheese. Healthy?

What are you opinions on going entirely vegan with no meats, fish, cheese. Healthy?

Not necessarily: A purely vegan diet lacks first-class protein. This gap can be filled with legumes, nuts and seeds. If religion is not the underlying reason, I recommend eggs. ...Read more

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I am experiencing premature periodontitis. Could my gum recession happen at a youthful age because I have been vegan for most of my life?

I am experiencing premature periodontitis. Could my gum recession happen at a youthful age because I have been vegan for most of my life?

Not Vegan Related: I am unaware of any correlation between a vegan diet and periodontal disease. Lack of routine examinations and professional hygiene visits, lack of good home care, and smoking could have contributed to your problems. Hopefully you will be treated and your condition will be managed. ...Read more

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I have swollen gums from being a vegan. How do I cure this?

I have swollen gums from being a vegan. How do I cure this?

Dental Cleaning: You may have gingivitis- an infection of the gums causing bleeding and swelling. You may also have periodontitis-an infection of the bone surrounding your teeth. Only a dentist can diagnosis these conditions. Massaging your gums when you brush your teeth can help, however, you need a dental cleaning that includes 'scaling' or cleaning any hard deposits off your teeth. ...Read more

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To protect enamel on your teeth before brushing immediately after eating (as life has its demands), is there a vegan alternative to eating cheese?

To protect enamel on your teeth before brushing immediately after eating (as life has its demands), is there a vegan alternative to eating cheese?

Time: Wait an hour before brushing. Acidic or sweet foods cause microscopic enamel demineralization. Waiting an hour allows calcium in your saliva to remineralize your teeth. Brush 2x/day w soft toothbrush for 2 full minutes by the clock. Floss thoroughly once a day. If your Dentist recommends, add a fluoridated mouthwash to your daily routine. ...Read more

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After eating cheese toast I have inflammation on gums behind my front teeth for 4 days unabated even after use of benzocaine, clove oil, and peroxide?

Irritation: You're continually irritating an area that is already inflammed with all the medicaments you are applying. The area will heal on its own after a few days. Stay away from spicy and acidic foods and avoid traumatizing the area any further while it heals. ...Read more

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Is there a homemade recipe for mouthwash to help combat bleeding puffy gums?

Is there a homemade recipe for mouthwash to help combat bleeding puffy gums?

Salt water: Salt water can help reduce swelling by reversing osmosis in the cells in your mouth. You still need a great oral hygiene and professional cleanings to get your teeth and gums healthy if you have bleeding and puffy gums. Schedule your check-up right away ;-). ...Read more

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What vegan friendly foods will improve my health the most?

What vegan friendly foods will improve my health the most?

Vegan friendly foods: I commend you for your desire for Good Health.
Vegan friendly foods:
Oatmeal, Plant Protein smoothie.
Collard greens, watercress, kale, arugula, Avocados, peanut butter.
Watermelon, Plums, red grapes.
Beans and lentils.
Nuts, seeds, unsweetened dried fruit, and dark chocolate.
Drink Water filled with sliced whole lemons, oranges or grapefruits
Be disciplined, be consistent, set small goals. ...Read more

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New to being vegan, where can I find how to balance foods?

New to being vegan, where can I find how to balance foods?

Get help: If you have become a vegan for moral reasons, be sure you know exactly what you are doing, and take the supplements you need, or you will ruin your health quickly. You'll lose weight because your food doesn't taste as good, and meet fitness enthusiasts which is good. The vegan industry is full of both very good and upstanding people, and also shameless crooks and liars. Be smart & good luck. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods can I eat as a vegan to gain weight?

Please suggest what foods can I eat as a vegan to gain weight?

Fat vs fit: You may want to gain weight but not fat. Lean body mass can increase with the combination of increase caloric intake and exercise. Resistance training and weights will help you gain mass.
Vegan choices include vegetable oils and beans and legumes. ...Read more

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I just quit polo; I feel bad for doing it but became a vegan. Right or wrong?

I just quit polo; I feel bad for doing it but became a vegan. Right or wrong?

Be careful: You will die miserably and slowly if you consume only foods of vegetable origin without supplementing. If you feel morally superior or physically more vigorous as a vegan, do it -- but you will need to supplement. Without carnivores, the surface of the earth would be nothing but a layer of bacteria -- yet I am sickened by the way factory-farmed animals are treated. It's your choice. ...Read more

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Can going vegan help me lose weight?

Can going vegan help me lose weight?

Often times - yes: Many people do lose weight when they switch to a vegan lifestyle. Calories burned must exceed calories consumed. ...Read more

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Can going vegan help you lose weight?

Can going vegan help you lose weight?

Yes: This can be a very healthy lifestyle provided that you supplement -- you will run low on B12 quickly, and may lack usable vitamin a, vitamin d, calcium, iodine, zinc, and iron. There is no magic -- the stuff that vegans eat isn't the stuff that the rest of us gorge on, so they stay thin. The other alleged benefits are hard to demonstrate scientifically as vegans tend to have other healthy habits. ...Read more

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What should I do to gain weight on a vegan diet?

What should I do to gain weight on a vegan diet?

More healthy carbs: If you're trying to gain weight on a vegan diet, I suggest increasing your intake of complex carbohydrates in the form of beans, quinoa, and complex grains. Also increase your intake of proteins such as hemp protein, g protein, brown rice protein, or soy protein. Plant-based that such as flaxseed, coconut oil and other polyunsaturated oils also increase healthy calories and result weight gain. ...Read more

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If I have oral sex does that mean I am noy a vegan?

If I have oral sex does that mean I am noy a vegan?

Alternative protein: You are a vegan as long as you don't eat meat with protein. Semen contains protein, which can be avoided if you "don't swallow". Either way your vegan status is "safe". ...Read more

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How difficult is it to raise a baby on a vegan diet?

How difficult is it to raise a baby on a vegan diet?

Supplements advised: It can be done, but there are certain essential nutrients that are difficult to obtain, so supplements help. The best food for infants is breast milk- not vegan but strongly advised. When done breastfeeding hemp or soy milk is a good protein source. Supplement with vit b12, taurine, carnitine & dha- these are hard to get from a vegan diet but are available from vegan sources, like dha from algae. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could I have a balanced vegan diet?

Can you tell me how could I have a balanced vegan diet?

Be VERY careful: Vegans have the moral high ground but if you do not supplement, you'll ruin your health, perhaps within a few weeks. Vitamin B12 is the deficiency everyone knows, but getting enough calcium, vitamin D (if you're not out in the sun), iodine, zinc, iron and a few others is going to be very difficult as well. Do this, and your diet is no more or less healthy than most others. Choose wisely. ...Read more

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Is there a way that I can live a healthy life as a vegan?

Is there a way that I can live a healthy life as a vegan?

Yes: Also, be sure to consume all types of vegetable, especially leafy greens to get enough zinc, selenium, and iron. Don't overdo it. Too much of anything (even minerals) is detrimental to your health. ...Read more

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