Receiving a diagnosis of dysphagia is scary and life changing. Most people take for granted how simple and automatic it is to swallow food and beverages. Losing the ability to do so safely and easily can turn your whole life on its head.
For over 30 years, Thick-It® has been solely focused on creating innovative solutions to make the lives of those with swallowing disorders easier. We offer a full suite of nutrition solutions to suit your lifestyle and nutritional needs, including powdered thickeners, ready-to-drink beverages, and ready-to-use purees.
And now from the scientists at Thick-It comes Clear Advantage™ Food and Beverage Thickener, a new, xanthan gum-based thickener with patented application designed to aid in the body’s absorption of medication and nutritional supplements.
What is xanthan gum?
Xanthan gum is a commonly used thickening agent, found in everything from salad dressing to ketchup to cream cheese. It has no taste and adds desirable consistency to many of the foods and beverages you already enjoy. Compared to corn- or food- starch based thickeners, xanthan is a unique thickener for a number of reasons.
- When heated, xanthan-thickened liquids like coffee, tea and cocoa retain their desired consistency rather than continuing to thicken the way starch-thickened liquids do.
- Frozen xanthan-thickened liquids like juices and flavored water return to their original, desired consistency as they melt. Starch-thickened liquids can separate and thin as melt.
- Liquids thickened with xanthan don’t get thicker as they sit, unlike starch-thickener liquids, which continue to thicken over time.
- Xanthan gum is not broken down by the enzymes in human saliva, while starch-thickened liquids can separate when exposed to human saliva.
The Advantage is Clear
While there are many xanthan-based thickeners on the dysphagia nutrition market, they are not created equal. Some xanthan thickeners can interfere with the absorption of your nutrition and medications, and you may not get all the benefits of the nutrients or medicine you have ingested. Thick-It Clear Advantage Food and Beverage Thickener is specially formulated to interfere LESS with nutrients and medications, mixing easily and allowing your body to absorb more of the things your body needs.
Thick-It Clear Advantage Food and Beverage Thickener has no taste, will not alter the color of your beverages or food, and is gluten- and lactose-free and Kosher.