Thickeners, or thickening agents, are added to foods and liquids to make them thicker. These thickeners can be used in beverages as well as added to pureed foods to help create a uniform texture. Thickeners come in both powdered and liquid forms. In Canada, the two most common types of thickeners are starch based and xanthan gum based.
ThickenUp® ClearTM from Nestlé Health Science is an example of a xanthan gum-based thickening powder.