Why carrageenan is being used all over the world?

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The world has seen a great number of discoveries in the last two hundred years and one of the discoveries that has proved to be a boon for the food industry is that of carrageenan.

What is carrageenan?

Well, this is something that is used as a gelling agent or emulsifier or preservative in the foods of different kinds including those containing milk, meat, poultry etc. you must have heard about food grade version and the spoiled version of this product. Well the food grade one as the name suggests is used for consumption by humans and animals while the spoiled version is used in photography as it is produced by the use of acids.


How is carrageenan obtained?

The source of this substance is a plant! Yes it is a vegan alternative of gelatin that is generally made by boiling the bones of the animals. The plants that are used to extract this gelling agent is very simple and natural without the involvement of any chemicals.

Carrageenan is safe way of inducing thickening on the liquids such as water and milk. This substance that is derived from the red sea weed is safe for consumption and has been used in many different products such as jellies, custards, chocolate milkshakes and many other edible items. Today the air freshener gels that you see in the market are also made up of this sea weed extract.

The safety f the use of this thickening agent is because of the quantity that is required to bring about gelation. You need use 0.1% of the product to cause the required thickening. At a concentration of 4% you can even walk on the surface of water. Thus since too much of it is not required for the job to get done there is no chance of any side effect.

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