Press Release

Innovations with Xanthan Thickeners Deliver Multiple Solutions for People with Swallowing Disorders
June 06, 2016

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - Thick-It® brand of dysphagia nutrition solutions is expanding its line of proprietary xanthan-based thickening innovations with the introduction of a powder, allowing for greater bioavailability of thickened medications and supplements.

Nearly 18 million people in the U.S. live with dysphagia. Adhering to a thickened diet is a challenge for many, creating a cascade of negative side effects, ranging from malnutrition to choking and aspiration. The poor health and hospitalizations resulting from consuming thin liquids greatly diminish the quality of life for these individuals.

"Our xanthan powder is designed for better absorption of medications and supplements than other xanthan-based thickening powders," explained Doug Stetzer, Kent Precision Foods Group Chief Scientist and developer of the proprietary xanthan formula used in the Clear AdvantageTM products.

The new powder is the first introduction of Thick-It's Clear Advantage line to the market—a line which will soon include all of the brand's xanthan-based thickening products. Its pre-thickened product suite includes juices, tea and the only clear and flavor-free water on the market, ideal as the base of many recipes or as a 'tall glass of water' that so many with swallowing disorders miss.

"This Clear Advantage launch reflects our commitment to delivering innovation for people with dysphagia," said Megan Watts, brand marketing manager for Personal Nutritional Solutions at Kent Precision Foods Group. "Our hope is to raise awareness of the impact dysphagia has on the everyday lives of those with the disease, and to encourage higher standards for palatability and versatility in products across the industry, ultimately improving patient compliance and quality of life."

Thick-It has consistently delivered new dysphagia nutrition products using xanthan gum, seeking to educate the public on the benefits of xanthan as a thickening agent, such as:

  • Xanthan's viscosity remains stable across various temperatures and pH levels, even when frozen and thawed.
  • Xanthan is amylase resistant, meaning that saliva does not alter the viscosity of xanthan-based thickeners.
  • Xanthan is clear when mixed with water, and has no flavor.
  • Xanthan's texture is smooth.

For more information on Thick-It's products and on how to place an order, visit You can also follow Thick-It on Facebook at and on Twitter at @ThickIt_PFI. To learn more about Dysphagia Awareness Month, visit

About Thick-It®
Thick-It is a registered trademark of Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc., based in St. Louis, Missouri. Thick-It Original Thickener is the number one selling retail brand of food and beverage thickeners, introduced

in 1987. In 2005, Thick-It dietitians developed an innovated line of pureed foods, made from real food ingredients. In 2011, Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc. acquired Clearly Superior, which produced AquaCareH2O®, a line of ready-to-drink, pre-thickened beverages, which come in water, juice, coffee and tea varieties. In 2016, Thick-It introduced Thick-It Clear Advantage, a xanthan gum-based powder thickener that supports nutrient and medication absorption.

All Thick-It dysphagia nutrition management products are available at pharmacies nationwide as well as for foodservice and in-facility use through North American and international distributors. For more details, visit

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