Gellan gum is a great alternative to gelatin. This versatile and natural food additive gives you the ability to add texture, thickness, and structure to any recipe. It’s often used as a thickener in foods like ice cream, salad dressings, soups, puddings and custards. Our Gellan gum is made from plant extracts. It’s very similar to xanthan gum, another popular thickening agent.
What Is Gellan Gum?
Gellan gum is a food additive produced by the fermentation of Sphingomonas elodea. It is a polysaccharide, which means it consists of many sugars bonded together to form a long chain.
Gellan gum has no taste, aroma or color by itself. However, when it's mixed with water and heated at low temperatures (below 80ºC), its molecules unfold and create a mesh-like structure that traps other ingredients into small bubbles within the solution. This is why gellan gum can be used in many different types of recipes to add texture to foods such as ice cream or yogurt; these textures are referred to as "gelled."
How is gellan gum used?
Gellan gum is a versatile ingredient that can be used in many different ways. It is often used to thicken foods and beverages, with its ability to create a gel-like texture. In cooking, you can use gellan gum vegan as an alternative to agar or xanthan gum. Gels made with gellan are less likely than those made with other gums to become slimy or gelatinous after sitting for a while; this makes them ideal for dishes like puddings, jellies and sauces.
Gelatin is another common thickener that has similar properties as gellan gum but does not have the same elasticity or viscosity potential as pure gellan powder does—you can use equal amounts of gelatin and starch instead of just half an ounce per cup of water when making jams or jellies using your home kitchen equipment if you want more body!
Gellan gum is generally well tolerated by most people, but there are some possible side effects. Gellan gum may cause stomach upset, nausea or diarrhea when consumed in large amounts. It can also cause bloating and gas if you eat too much of it at once.
Some people may experience allergies.
Symptoms include itching, swelling, and redness.
Gellan gum may cause gas and bloating.
It can also lead to stomach cramps.
Consuming large amounts may cause diarrhea.
It can result in dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
Interactions with Medications
Gellan gum may interact with some medications.
Consult your doctor before using it with other drugs.
If you experience any of these side effects, contact your doctor for treatment options or other ways to manage them.
Gellan gum is a common ingredient in food products, and it's used for a variety of reasons. From thickening soups to making doughs more elastic, gellan gum can help you get the texture you want without adding flavor or color. It also has some health benefits like being gluten-free and low carb which makes this food additive ideal for those following a ketogenic diet.