Food - Drink
The Secret Ingredient For Perfectly Thick Smoothies
By ANABELLE DOLINER
Although it may sound like something you'd use in chemistry class, Xanthan gum, a powdered food additive, has the potential to transform the texture of smoothies, rendering them smooth, thick, and creamy. The substance has a similar effect to gelatin, but is also gluten-free, making it perfect for those with dietary restrictions.
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Because of its use as a thickening agent, it only makes sense that xanthan gum could be useful in improving the texture of smoothies. In a video shared last year, TikToker Sarah Ryan recommended blending frozen strawberries, açaí purée, vanilla protein powder, honey, a splash of your preferred milk with a dash of xanthan gum to make a thick, practically fluffy smoothie.
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When adding xanthan gum to your smoothies for the first time, be sure not to overdo it, as using too much xanthan gum can result in a smoothie with an unpleasantly gummy texture. For the perfect drink, Wellnessed recommends starting with ⅛ to ¼ of a teaspoon of the additive, about as much as a generous pinch.
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