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Know the Benefits of Carrageenan

Posted in on 12-27-16

One of the water soluble fibrous substances that have become popular over the last couple of years is carrageenan. It is found in a wide variety of organic food items like tofu, coconut milk, etc.  In fact, it’s hard to find any products that don’t use it in the form of an additive.

How This Ingredient Is Derived?

It is usually derived from red algae and seaweeds. Basically, it is processed through an alkaline procedure in order to produce it as a natural ingredient.

Well, it’s sulphated polysaccharides that are mainly used by the food industry as a thickening and as a stabilizing agent. It has the unique ability to bind the protein and therefore it is very useful in the dairy and meat products.

Carrageenan can be divided into three categories based on its degree of sulphation. It can be divided into kappa’ that has got one sulfate, ‘iota’ that has got two sulfates, and the ‘lambda’ that has got three sulfates. In fact, the anti-oxidant property makes it useful to be used in a wide variety of health supplements.

Uses of It

  • One of the most important usages of this ingredient is that it’s used in health supplements.
  • It helps in releasing a wide variety of flavor and texture to the food items.
  • It is used in wide variety of products like creams, toothpaste, etc.
  • Not only is that it also used as a thickening or a stabilizer product.

How Carrageenan Can Benefit You?

  • It helps in getting rid of the stomach problems and gastrointestinal disorders.
  • It helps in prevention and treatment of HIV.
  • It has got anti-microbial and anti-viral properties that help to treat many diseases.
  • When this ingredient is added to the food it helps in adding texture and flavor to the food items.

It can be said that this ingredient being non-GMO and organic is ideal for the vegetarians as well as other people.