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Agar

Alternate Names

Gelidium, Agar Agar

Description

A substitute for gelatin to thicken and stabilize; obtained from seaweed or red algae. It has no taste, odor or color.

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Names

Gelidium, Agar Agar

Allergy Information

Gelatin

Uses

Thickener, Emulsifier

E-Number

E406

Additional Information

Referred to as the "vegetarian gelatin" and is commonly found in Asian foods. It is also used as a treatment for constipation as it has a laxative effect.



Found In

desserts, jellies, baked goods

Possible Health Effects

Mildly toxic in larger quantities, can cause allergic reaction in certain individuals.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

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