The market for health-food products and functional foods is witnessing a huge growth opportunity. It is especially for the food-processing industry. This is because consumer do a proper research in order to find out whether the ingredients will have any adverse effects on their health or not. One such ingredient which has become the topic of discussion among the health-aficionados is ‘Carrageenan’. It is often referred by other names such as ‘Algas’, ‘Algue Rogue Marine’, etc, it is basically a food additive that is usually extracted from edible varieties of seaweed and red algae.
This substance or ingredient comes in various forms like ‘degraded and ‘undegraded, but having slightly different chemical properties. It can be said that they are same except for their molecular weight. The versions which have not degraded are mostly used in the food items.
The U.S Food and Drug Administration have approved the use of carrageenan in a wide variety of food items. It is used as a thickener and a wetting agent in chocolate milk, almond milk, soy milk, beverages, sauces, ice creams, yoghurts, whipping cream, salad dressings, infant formulas, processed meat and dairy products, and so on. It is also used in medicines, laxatives, shampoos, foams, and toothpaste. Apart from being used as a food additive it is used in medicines.
Learn the Benefits
- Studies have shown that carrageenan supplements have been very effective in treating bronchitis, cough and also prevention of it.
- It is also helpful in treating peptic ulcer.
- If you want to lose weight then this supplements are helpful.
- It can help to treat intestinal problems and constipation.
- The anti-oxidant property helps in preventing the cells from damage
‘Algas’ is a soluble fiber that has been present to us for centuries. Nowadays, it is regarded as a commercial ingredient that has got many advantageous properties.