Gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and whole foods ingredients are sometimes confusing. Everyone knows what carrots are. But what about arrowroot starch, coconut oil, umeboshi vinegar, or miso? Here is a growing glossary of ingredients that may be slightly off the beaten path.
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Guar gum is a white powder made from an East Indian seed, it is in the legume family, so if you have legume sensitivities/allergies, use with caution. It is used as a thickener, binder, and volume enhancer, and is often added to gluten free baked goods. It can be used as a 1:1 replacement for xanthan gum. Bob's Red Mill is certified gluten-free.