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  • TPV Podcast, Episode 322: A Healthier Visit With Aunt Flo

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    In this episode, Stacy and Sarah are getting up close and personal as they answer all your questions about menstruation! Why are conventional pads and tampons dangerous? What are the signs of Toxic Shock Syndrome? What safer period products and brands should I be using? And how the heck do I use a menstrual cup?!

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    The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 322: A Healthier Visit With Aunt Flo

      • (0:00) Intro
      • (0:40) Getting right to today’s topic: menstruation!
        • Disclaimer: If you typically listen to our podcast with your kids in the room, please note that this episode discusses female reproductive anatomy and feminine hygiene products.
        • Today we’re answering your questions about menstruation, including what products you should and shouldn’t be using, the chemicals and questionable substances used in conventional products, and how it impacts female health.
        • This topic came about back in September when Stacy’s period caught her by surprise on a trip. She was traveling without a menstrual cup (which she’s used for 7+ years) and had to make the decision between pads and tampons.
          • When Stacy switched to a cup, it reduced the length of her period, as well as the amount and intensity of cramping.
          • Sharing her experience on social media sparked a lot of questions about the cup and safer menstruation practices, so we’re here to dive into the science behind your questions!
        • Sarah rarely uses tampons because intuitively, they always felt unsafe to her. As she dove into the research, it backed up her suspicions. But the good news is that there are so many safer options!
        • Stacy and Sarah take a walk down memory lane, remembering the pads that were available on the market when they first started menstruating.
        • Listeners – if you have a menstruation product and you love it, go to Stacy’s Instagram and/or Sarah’s Instagram posts for this podcast episode and leave a comment about what you’re using and why you love it!
      • (14:29) So what is the problem with conventional pads and tampons?
        • It boils down to the fact that these materials aren’t regulated. The companies are trying to solve the problem of “does this absorb liquid” without considering other important health factors.
        • The vagina and vulva are mucus membranes that are highly absorbent, so there’s the potential for those areas to absorb the chemicals and other known problematic materials used in conventional products. This can lead to chronic health problems like cancer.
        • Research was almost non-existent for vaginal health until the 1990s. The earliest research was on sexually transmitted infections and how personal lubricants could affect the rate of infection transmission.
        • These studies discovered chemicals like glycerine – which is still used in personal lubricants today – damages and irritates the vaginal barrier tissue.
        • Funding for women’s health studies is stunningly low. Thir party organizations like non-profit advocacy groups have taken on the responsibility of doing this type of testing because it’s incredibly important.
      • (20:55) Female sex organs are highly absorptive
        • Female sex organs are “self-cleaning” because they need to be able to get rid of the foreign material introduced during intercourse. It’s lined with mucus which provides a barrier and prevents bacteria from latching on and washes away harmful microorganisms.
        • Like our gut, skin, and sinuses, vaginal tissues (including the external parts) are also semi-permeable. But they’re much more absorptive than skin.
        • Studies show hormones get into the bloodstream very easily through the vaginal barrier. One hormone, when taken both vaginally and orally, was 10x stronger when delivered vaginally. This means you need to be mindful of everything that comes into contact with that area!
        • For more on the regulation (or lack thereof) of personal care products check out Episode 275: Cancer Risk from Personal Care Items.
        • Beyond tampons and pads, also beware of vaginal wipes, personal lubricants, douches, vaginal perfumes – anything you’re putting in contact with your lower regions.
        • Even though the vagina is more absorptive than the intestines, there has never been a peer-reviewed study that measures the absorption of pesticides, dioxins, etc, from tampons or pads into the vagina. Crazy!
        • Always avoid personal care items with fragrances! Fragrances are a “catch all” category for companies to put any ingredient they want without disclosing it. There are harmful fragrances that are added to tampons and pads which are known endocrine disrupters.
      • (29:32) Chemicals in conventional tampons and pads
        • Dioxins. Women absorb more dioxins through tampons than food in polluted areas.
        • Furans. A chemical used to bleach tampons so they’re white.
        • Parabens. Endocrine disrupter and carcinogen.
        • Pesticide residue. Third party testing has found at least 8 different detectable pesticide residues in one common brand of tampons.
        • If you’re spending money for grass-fed and organic foods, and clean self-care products, this is something you need to be concerned about!
      • (32:14) Toxic Shock Syndrome
        • In the 70s and 80s there was a dramatic rise in toxic shock syndrome (TSS) when tampons became more widely used. At that time, 4 different types of synthetics were being used. After studies, 3 of those materials were removed from the market.
        • TSS is caused by a toxin secreted by Staph. Aureus, a very common and problematic bacteria. During menses, the vagina creates a great breeding ground for Staph. Aureus and when you use a tampon, you’re creating an even better environment for this bacteria to grow.
        • TSS can be fatal. It doesn’t occur frequently, but when it does, it requires medical care.
          • Major symptoms of TSS include:
            • Sudden high fever
            • Dizziness when going from sitting to standing (caused by sudden low blood pressure)
          • Lesser symptoms:
            • Nausea
            • Vomiting
            • Rash resembling a sunburn, particularly on the palms of hands and soles of feet
            • Muscle aches
            • Confusion
            • Headaches
          • If you experience these symptoms, cease using a vaginal product and seek medical attention immediately. Treatment includes a high dose of antibiotics.
        • Recent studies show that 100% cotton tampons potentially create a higher risk of TSS (versus synthetic/cotton blends tampons), though earlier studies showed they have a lower risk. So it’s not cut and dry.
        • When it comes to menstrual cups, medical grade silicone cups have a lower rate of Staph. Aureus growth. Most cups on the market these days are medical grade silicone, but it’s important to check.
          • Make sure you follow the recommended cleaning instructions when using a cup!
        • TSS is not limited to using vaginal products. It can result from other means.
        • About 80% of us make antibodies against Staph Aureus, so our bodies knock it out before becoming TSS.
      • (47:12) Recommended menstrual products and brands
        • Every woman is different so it’s important to experiment and find the right fit for your cervix, comfort, and lifestyle!
        • Organic cotton disposable pads
          • Natracare
          • The Honest Co
          • Organyc
          • Seventh Generation
        • Reusable pads
          • Oko Creations
          • Glad Rags
          • Luna Pads
          • Saathi Pads
          • Pink Daisy
        • Organic cotton tampons
          • Cora
          • Seventh Generation
          • Natracare
          • Maxim
          • Puristics
          • Organyc
        • Reusable Natural Sponge Tampons
          • Jade & Pearl
          • Poseidon
          • Constantia Beauty
          • Natural Intimacy
          • The Sea Sponge Company
        • Menstrual Cups
          • Diva Cup
          • Lunette
          • Yukki
          • Anigan Evacup
          • Fleurcup
          • Super Jennie
          • Lena cup
        • Period Panties
          • Modibodi
          • PantyProp
          • Lunapantie
          • THINX
          • Harebrained
          • Anigan StainFree Panties
          • Vv SkiVvys
          • Dear Kate
      • (53:22) Listener Questions
        • “How do I choose the best cup for me?”
          • Stacy swears by this quiz: https://putacupinit.com/quiz/
          • Finding the right size cup for you is very important because if you’re using a cup that doesn’t fit you well, there’s a risk of a prolapsed bladder, cervix, and/or uterus.
          • If your cup feels weird in any way, it’s the wrong size! If you find a cup doesn’t work for you, your next best options are a natural sponge or an external product like reusable pads or period panties.
        • “How long does a cup last?”
          • For Stacy, one cup lasted 6 years. The stem broke. So it’s a much more environmentally-friendly option!
        • “I’m so intrigued but I can’t comprehend how you get it in and out, and it doesn’t spill?”
          • Stacy says she’s never had a problem with the cup spilling (except for that one time her cup fell in the toilet!)
          • The cup is also the only product she’s used that has an airtight seal so when you’re swimming, it keeps everything where it should be.
          • When inserting, you fold the edges of the cup and insert it with a twisting motion. It should naturally unfold as you’re inserting.
          • In terms of leakage, chances are incredibly slim that a cup of menstruation will spill all over you. However, if the cup overflows, a little leakage can occur.
          • For removal, while sitting on a toilet, grab pinch the stem and squeeze the base of the cup to release the airtight seal. Then gently remove the cup. It should come out easily. Definitely practice this at home before attempting this in a public restroom.
          • When in doubt, check out YouTube for “how to” videos.
          • You don’t have to remove the cup every time you use the bathroom.
          • It’s also more sterile! No external strings or material to absorb other body fluids.
        • “Does it actually shorten your period?” and “Is there less blood?”
          • Yes, it can shorten your period, and it can feel like there’s less blood, but the uterine lining is still shedding the same amount.
          • How heavy your period or how long it lasts really depends on hormones, stress, thyroid, etc. Tampons are a physical stressor so it could be changing the quality of your period. Fragrances, chemicals, and materials like plastics can also mess with period quality.
        • “Is there a downside for the cup holding liquid inside that long?”
          • The downside is just creating an environment for Staph. Aureus to grow, which can turn into TSS. But this is a slim chance.
          • Companies do make wipes for cleaning your cup during the day, but Stacy believes that it’s safer to just avoid removing your cup in public restrooms and therefore avoid exposing it to other potentially harmful bacteria.
          • Stacy and Sarah recommend having two cups so you can sterilize one while using the other. Stacy sterilizes hers by running it through the dishwasher.
        • “Cup versus soft disk?”
          • Stacy doesn’t have experience with this. And it didn’t come up in Sarah’s research for the show. Stacy is weary of them because they contain plastic.
          • Do you use one? Go to Stacy’s Instagram and/or Sarah’s Instagram posts for this podcast episode and leave a comment about what you’re using and why you love it.
        • “Can menstrual cups be used safely with IUDs?”
          • If your cup fits properly, it’s not touching your cervix so it shouldn’t be an issue (but check with your medical professional).
        • “I have a 4th degree tear from a baby. Will a cup be comfortable?”
          • You won’t know until you try, but make sure you get a cup that fits.
          • Stacy recommends a natural sponge or a period panty if the cup doesn’t feel good.
        • “I’m having a baby next month. What about post-partum?”
          • Doctors recommend not inserting anything into your vagina for a period of time after giving birth due to risk of infection, so follow their advice!
          • It’s okay to use the pads they give you at the hospital after giving birth – do what you need to do! – but then find a safer pad option using the list above.
      • Get your questions in! We want to hear from you! And there’s no end to questions we can answer and topics we can address!
      • Engage on social media! That’s how we get feedback!
      • Thank you for listening

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    Role of female intimate hygiene in vulvovaginal health: Global hygiene practices and product usage

    Menstrual Cup Linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome, New Study Finds

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  • Call for social media adtech to be probed by UK competition watchdog

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    A British Conservative politician, who has called repeatedly for Mark Zuckerberg to come to parliament to answer questions about how Facebook fences fake news — only to be repeatedly rebuffed — has made a public call for the UK’s competition regulator to look into social media giants’ adtech operations.

    Damian Collins, the chair of the DCMS committee which has spent months this year asking questions about how disinformation spreads online — culminating in a report, this summer, recommending the government impose a levy on social media to defend democracy — made the suggestion in a tweet that references a news article reporting on a U.S. class action lawsuit against Facebook.

    Advertisers in the US lawsuit allege Facebook knowingly inflated video viewing stats and thus mislead them into spending more money on its ad platform than they otherwise would have.

    But Facebook disputes the allegations, saying the lawsuit is “without merit”. It has also filed a motion to dismiss the claims of ad fraud.

    Although, two years ago, it did ‘fess up to a ‘miscalculation’ around average video viewing times, saying it had mistakenly discounted all the people who dropped out of watching a video in the first 3 seconds in calculating averages — thereby bumping viewing averages up.

    At about the same time, it also said it had discovered some other ad-related bugs and errors in its system that had led to the wrong numbers being reported across four products, including Instant Articles, video and Page Insights.

    The advertisers in the class action lawsuit — which was filed back in 2016 — had originally claimed Facebook engaged in unfair business practices. After receiving tens of thousands of documents in relation to the case they amended their complaint to accuse the company of fraud, CBS reports.

    In its statement denying the suit’s claims, Facebook also said: “Suggestions that we in any way tried to hide this issue from our partners are false. We told our customers about the error when we discovered it — and updated our help center to explain the issue.” 

    The company declined to comment on Collins’ remarks about adtech industry practices today.

    A spokeswoman for the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) also declined to comment when asked whether it has any concerns related to practices in the adtech sector.

    Given market sensitivity to regulatory action it’s normal for the CMA to not want to stoke any speculation around a particular company.

    For the same reason it would not normally discuss any complaints it’s received until the point of actually launching any investigation.

    However this is not the first time the CMA has been urged by concerned politicians to investigate the adtech sector.

    This fall another UK committee, the Lords Select Committee on Communications, directly asked the body to investigate digital advertising.

    And earlier this month the CMA’s CEO, Andrea Coscelli, told the committee it is indeed considering doing so, if only it can carve out the resources to do so — saying he was worried about “potential gaps” in the regulatory framework around competition and consumer issues.

    “A month ago, this Committee asked us to look at digital advertising. That is something we are actively considering, subject to Brexit in the next few weeks, because it has a big resource implication for us,” said Coscelli on October 9. “It is certainly something where we are interested in getting involved. If we did, we would work closely with Ofcom and give serious thought to the regulatory framework in that context.”

    The CMA has also generally been ramping up its activity on the digital market front, recently spinning up a new data unit and appointing a chief data and digital insights officer, Stefan Hunt, hired in from the Financial Conduct Authority — to help it “develop and deliver an effective data and digital insight strategy… to better understand the impact that data, machine learning and other algorithms have on markets and people”.

    So it sounds like a case of ‘watch this regulatory space’ for more action at the very least.

    Elsewhere in Europe competition regulators have also been paying closer attention to the adtech industry in recent years — examining a variety of practices by adtech giants, Facebook and Google, and coming away with a range of antitrust-related concerns.

    In preliminary findings at the end of last year, for example, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office accused Facebook of using its size to strong-arm users into handing over data.

    While, earlier this year, the French Competition Authority suggested it was planning to investigate Facebook and Google‘s dominance of the adtech market, publishing a report in which it identified a raft of problematic behaviors — and pointed out that the two companies act as both publishers and technical intermediaries for advertisers, thereby gaining a competitive advantage.

    Italian regulators have also been probing competition concerns related to big data for more than a year.

    As we’ve reported before, the European Commission is also actively eyeing digital platforms’ market power — and looking to reshape competition policy to take account of how tech giants are able to draw on network effects and leverage their position from one market to another.

    And when you’re talking about platform power, you are also — in the current era — talking about adtech.

    There’s no doubt closer scrutiny of the digital advertising sector is coming. And with a brighter spotlight, tighter accountability screws applied to its practices.

    Privacy reviews of adtech platforms have already raised plenty of ethical questions, in addition to flagging actual violations of the law.

    This summer the UK’s data protection watchdog also called for an ethical pause of the use of social media ads for political purposes, writing that: “It is important that there is greater and genuine transparency about the use of such techniques to ensure that people have control over their own data and that the law is upheld.”

    So while it remains to be seen what any competition investigations of the adtech sector will conclude, political momentum is building to increase transparency and ensure accountability — which makes regulation more likely.

  • Shots fired… (Daily newsletter update via @fitbuzz)

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    Buzzers… #TBT…

    I’m going to get into some ‘actionable’ S-curve blueprint tips today. Since a lot or our time on here…

    Has been spent on educating you, on where things are headed… Here in S-curve world.

    Remember though… Because of all this mass content that needs to be covered. We now have the > premium newsletter.

    Which…

    #1 Digests everything for you. In one big weekly update (In digestible segments).

    #2 Contains more newsletter content (Since it’s impossible to cover it all, over 7 days @ 600 words max ‘daily’ + Relative website links)… Than that of this free daily newsletter.

    This free newsletter… Which itself… Serves more important purposes, than just being a newsletter.

    That might be a better or additional option, to becoming an official S-curve member for 1-3 months.

    Which is mostly for those who have been a member in the past.

    Also…

     

    Buzzcoin stuff

    For most of you that are interested in the income side of things over there.

    In the beginning. It’s all about learning and being prepared. Because it’ll be too late to ‘get ready’. When the market moves upwards.

    It’s just like becoming S-curvish. You have to lay the foundation first. Before the real results kick in.

    Which is why the > Hallow-curvish theme got launched early – With the next theme coming in…

    Right after Thanksgiving/Christmas. Although I’ve started re-talking about that theme already @ therapy/mindset/mental fixing.

    These early launches… Are a signal to you. For you to be prepared, ahead of time.

    Every year… I make predictions, ahead of future events. And for the past few years. I’ve been right, every time.

    So in the name of preparation. For now @ Buzzcoin… You just need to sign up on these two websites.

    > One
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    Which is also a free way, to start as a member, by doing so! (You’ll need to direct message once you’ve signed up).

    S-curve member partner program stuff

    This is the next logical step for some S-curve members.

    And it makes sense. Because you would have already invested a lot of your time with the S-curve formula.

    And if your life has changed for the better, because of it. Why not teach it to the people that were constantly asking you ‘What did you do… How did you do it’? @ your body/mindset change that they witnessed.

    This requires 121 FB Messenger coaching of course. And > this is one tool and page you’ll need/to bookmark.

    Which you’ll also be taught to use, to it’s full potential. And if you’re a business owner (At any level).

    All the hard work has been done for you, from tons of experience @ years past. So just follow my lead.

     

    Quick fire blueprint tips 

    #1 No D-F rated foods or fruit, 3-4 hours before you sleep (At any time of the day).

    #2 You don’t always need to do complete workouts. Use the Tailored Daily Exercise video or Shorts splits routine (Stuff you see on your member page).

    The videos that you see in > What’s trending. That’s there to motivate you… In loads of small doses @ what I said in yesterday’s newsletter (Archive is on Morebuzz).

    #3 Specific supplements do help for most people. Especially since most folks are busy here (The main reason why the S-curve formula is structured the way it is @ mobile phone and internet connection is all what’s needed).

    This means getting results, with less effort required. So stuff like > Lean bean and proteins > like this are handy to have in your kitchen. To boost the effectiveness of YOUR S-curve meal structure!

    ‘Specific’ is the key word here.

    Head over to FB Messenger to talk with me. On my profile or the FB page.
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  • What Is Xanthan Gum—And Is It Bad for You?

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    Xanthan gum can add elasticity to gluten-free baked goods, like this dough being kneaded.

    Like guar gum, xanthan gum is a food additive that’s often used to thicken or stabilize a final product. It’s particularly common in gluten-free baked goods, since it provides extra elasticity to dough that would otherwise be missing.

    But what is it? Is it safe to eat regularly? Keep reading to get the facts, along with my take on this food additive.

    What Is Xanthan Gum?

    Xanthan gum is the product of a bacterial fermentation process. It’s produced when the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris is placed in a growth medium that includes sugars and other nutrients. (1) The resulting compound is then purified, dried out, powdered, and sold as a food thickener.

    If you’re on a gluten-free diet, you could be eating xanthan gum. But is it safe? The answer may depend on your allergies. Check out this article for more information about this common food additive.

    In addition to its common use in gluten-free baked goods, it shows up in the ingredients list for salad dressings, some supplements and medicines, ice cream, yogurt, pudding, and some sauces.

    If You Have Allergies, It Could Be Harmful

    The growth medium used to make this thickener can have an impact on how a person reacts to the final product. Occasionally, allergenic substances are used to nourish Xanthomonas campestris. These can include:

    • Soy
    • Dairy
    • Wheat
    • Corn

    Unfortunately, some manufacturers of xanthan gum (and food products that contain it) aren’t always willing to disclose the growth medium they use—perhaps for proprietary reasons, or because they aren’t entirely sure themselves—leaving food shoppers in the dark. (2) However, if it was produced using one of the substances listed above, this product can carry allergens straight to the consumer.

    If you suffer from serious soy, wheat, dairy, or corn allergies, I recommend you avoid items containing xanthan gum entirely.

    If you are purchasing your own supply to use in gluten-free baking, contact the manufacturer directly for more information on these potential allergens.

    Is It Bad for Your Health?

    Overall, there is little evidence that xanthan gum could be harmful to you. Aside from its potential to trigger allergic reactions in some people, studies have generally suggested that it’s safe to eat.

    Here’s What the Research Has Revealed

    Studies conducted on animals haven’t yielded many concerning results. In one study, rats ate varying concentrations of this food additive for two years. Their overall health remained largely unchanged from the control population except for one difference: They experienced soft stools more often. (3) Both populations showed the same survival rate, growth rate, organ weights, incidence of tumors, and blood markers.

    Researchers also exposed dogs to this substance. Again, they weren’t able to find any significant differences, other than occasionally soft stools. Data from an experiment conducted on three generations of rats echoed these findings. Even after eating between 0.25 and 0.50 g/kg each day, there were no notable effects.

    Some studies have focused on this additive’s digestive impact. In one such experiment, researchers discovered that rats eating a diet consisting of 4 percent xanthan gum had 400 percent more water present in their intestines. (4) In another study, rats ate an incredibly high dose of the substance—50 g/kg—for four weeks. The water content of their stool and short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) content rose substantially. (In adult humans, as I’ll note later, higher levels of SCFAs may contribute to good gut health.) (5)

    In one surprising study, researchers noted some anti-tumor properties of this food thickener. When it was orally administered, it actually slowed cancer growth and prolonged the life of mice with melanoma. (6) It’s not immediately clear why this occurred, but it’s an intriguing piece of information.

    What the Data from Human Studies Show

    There aren’t many human-based studies on xanthan gum; perhaps they are sparse because the animal studies don’t reveal any cause for concern or urgency for further investigation. However, one study did look at the potential side effects of eating large quantities of this substance in an everyday setting. (7) Five adults—all men without digestive issues—ate between 10.4 and 12.9 g of the additive for 23 days. That’s 15 times the recommended daily amount. Still, researchers only found evidence of:

    • Increased fecal bile acid
    • Increased stool output and water content
    • Decreased serum cholesterol

    In another study, volunteers ate 15 g of the substance each day for a total of 10 days. (8) It appeared to act as a potent laxative, as the test subjects experienced gas and a higher stool output.

    The researchers in this experiment also examined how their test subjects were able to metabolize this substance. Prior to the test, the fecal bacteria in 12 of the 18 volunteers were able to break down the additive. Afterward, that number jumped to 16. The data also shows that the fecal bacteria that was able to metabolize this food thickener displayed an increased production of SCFAs and hydrogen gas. That means the volunteers’ gut flora was able to quickly adapt in response to this new substance being introduced to the body.

    This could mean that, like many indigestible carbs, large quantities of xanthan gum can have a considerable impact on the gut microbiota.

    You Should Know: There Is a Possible Health Risk to Infants

    There is one population that may be particularly sensitive to this food additive: infants. Several years ago, a number of infants developed fatal cases of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) after drinking formula or breast milk that included a thickening agent made with xanthan gum. (9) This product was commonly used in hospital settings to help thicken up breast milk or formula for infants with swallowing problems or acid reflux. A thicker fluid can help infants with swallowing problems by giving them more time to close their airways and reducing the risk of aspirating the milk or formula.

    We don’t yet have enough data to firmly prove a connection between this xanthan gum and NEC. However, several papers suggest that it may have contributed to a life-threatening medical condition by increasing the amount of SCFAs in the infants’ still immature intestinal tracts. (10, 11) In healthy adults, SCFAs are an essential component to a healthy colon. However, newborns appear to be extremely sensitive to them. (12, 13) That’s why milk thickeners and any products containing xanthan gum aren’t recommended for babies younger than one year.

    It’s important to reiterate that these serious health effects have never been witnessed in adults or in any animal studies. In fact, SCFAs are quite beneficial for the health of your gut and your metabolism.

    Xanthan Gum vs. Guar Gum: What’s the Difference?

    Guar gum is another additive that’s used to thicken and stabilize food. While there are some important differences between these two, if you’re allergic to any of the substances commonly used to create xanthan gum (like soy, dairy, wheat, or corn), guar gum may be a viable alternative.

    Guar gum is made from the guar bean, native to India and Pakistan. It’s a soluble fiber, and some animal studies have shown that it actually has the potential to reduce body weight and lower blood glucose. (14)

    If you have a digestive condition, however, you may want to avoid guar gum. Since it’s derived from a bean, it can cause distressing symptoms if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), or other gut health problems.

    Should You Avoid Xanthan Gum?

    Overall, xanthan gum doesn’t appear to have a high potential to harm adults.

    While those with serious allergies or significant digestive issues should steer clear of it, it’s probably fine for most people to eat occasionally. Remember, however, that there is data showing that large quantities of this substance can alter the gut microbiome. While we don’t have evidence showing that these changes have a negative effect on overall health, a disrupted gut microbiome is a common cause of many modern diseases.

    If you’re concerned about food additives, I recommend following a whole-food diet. Choosing nutrient-rich, real foods instead of pre-packaged goods is an essential step to avoiding chronic disease. The best way to nourish your body is to eat complete, nutritious foods that don’t require preservatives, additives, or other extra substances.

    If your food comes in a box, bag, or bottle, there’s a good chance that it contains ingredients that don’t provide any benefits to your body. In some cases, they may even harm your health.

    What are your thoughts on xanthan gum? Do you avoid it, or is it an essential part of your gluten-free diet? Let me know below in the comment section.

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    My crush asked me out as a joke and I said yes. I was sick the day after and I wasn’t at school. My friends texted me about it. Apparently he had told most of my friends. Now I have to go back to school. I don’t really like him a lot. I just wouldn’t mind dating him. Now I hate

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