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Carrageenan

Alternate Names

Ammonium Carrageenan, Calcium Carrageenan, Potassium Carrageenan, Sodium Carrageenan, Chondrus Extract, Irish Moss

Description

Derived from a red seaweed by heating and converting into a gel. Used to thicken and stabilize processed foods. Also used as an emulsifier in certain products.

Carrageenan - Quick Stats
Names

Ammonium Carrageenan, Calcium Carrageenan, Potassium Carrageenan, Sodium Carrageenan, Chondrus Extract, Irish Moss

Allergy Information

Uses

Stabilizer, Texturizer, Emulsifier

E-Number

E407

Additional Information

Roughly 80% of the world's supply comes from the Philippines. In 2007, the joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) indicated that carrageenan should be restricted in infant formula due to the gastrointestinal effects on infants. In other animal studies, results indicated that when carrageenan was subject to high temperatures and acidity that it may cause ulcers and gastrointestinal cancer.



Found In

ice cream, chocolate milk, sherbet, jam, jelly, cheese spread, dressings, crackers, pastries, custard, evaporated milk, pressurized whipped cream, infant formula, soy milk

Possible Health Effects

Gastrointestinal issues such as ulcers, cancer, inflammation.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

In The News

12/17/10 - Natural News reports Seaweed Extract Found to Prevent H1N1 Infection: Seaweed Extract Found to Prevent H1N1 Infection. The article finds that carrageenan is effective against the common cold and the H1N1 influenza.

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Copyright July 2, 2010 Be Food Smart, Updated December 20, 2010




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