X is for Xanthan
Not the Marvel Universe’s latest villain, but the binding ingredient used in place of gluten in free-from breads. But how does it match up with the real thing? According to the research website Examine.com, there is “little to no evidence” that gluten-free products aid weight loss in those without an intolerance. While xanthan is a fibre, gluten is a protein. As a result, free-from breads tend to have less than half the satiating protein of your regular loaf. A win for the OG.