View Full Version : Arrowroot or Xanthan Gum

07-11-2011, 04:09 PM
I bought a small jar of arrowroot powder, can anyone tell me if it is a good thickener, for Atkins? The bottle didn`t have a nutrition label. It was in the health food section. I haven`t opened it, so I can bring it back.

I could not find thick and thin, but I did find xanthan gum. It looks like a carb fiber wash. 7 of each in a tbs.

Any feedback?

07-11-2011, 04:11 PM
xanthan is better.. The Arrowroot is not as low in nc as you think..


07-11-2011, 04:11 PM
I have xanthum gum. It seemed expensive when I bought it, but I`ve had it forever because it only takes a little bit to thicken a whole recipe.

I`ve never tried arrowroot...

I believe I read that thick n thin has been discontinued (that`s why I bought the xanthum gum!).

07-11-2011, 04:33 PM
Baylor, OMG that is going right back to the store!!

Xanthan it is!!

What other things do you all use to thinken stuff, like taco meat and soups?

07-11-2011, 04:41 PM
Free, Xanthan is my new go to thickener now. I put it in a old spice jar so I could shake on/in food like salt. A tiny little bit goes a loooooooooong way.

07-11-2011, 04:46 PM
I have Xanthan gum and Guar gum.

07-11-2011, 04:52 PM
Nancy, that`s a great idea - I`m going to "borrow" it!

I use it for sauces, soups, gravies....anything. Add it very gradually - the stuff will thicken as the xanthum cooks in.

07-11-2011, 05:56 PM
SK, go for it. :-)
It really helps control how much I use.

07-11-2011, 06:17 PM
I have only used arrowroot when I want a nice clear sauce from fruit. You use so very , very, very little that the carb count is negligible over the whole recipe. I use maybe 1/2 tsp for a fruit pie (1.1 net carbs) . However, it is not easy to use and cannot be used for every thing.

Xanthan is your best choice.