Carrageenan and Its Specification
As the thickening agent in place of petrochemical and animal-based products, this substance is also widely used. A product of red seaweed, FMC’s carrageenan is kosher, halal, and vegan and it is safe and suitable for consumption. All of its statement is based on the US Food and Drug Administration and World Health Organization agree.
Although many people claim about the carrageenan dangers, it would be better for you to know the few distinct types of carrageenan. Degraded carrageenan and undegraded carrageenan. In a chemical standpoint, the different between these two types is in their molecular weight. Undegraded carrageenan is approved for use in food products, but the degraded carrageenan is not. Both substances are often to know as ‘carrageenan’, but they have very different chemical properties. The degraded carrageenan is called ‘poligeenan’ and undegraded one is carrageenan. As long as FDA and WHO claimed it safe, so you do not need to get confuse with the articles that con with this substance. You have to know the different between the real carrageenan with poligeenan.
All of them are soluble in hot water. In the cold water, only Lambda form that could soluble. Carrageenan has the EU additive E-number E407 or E407a when present as process eucheuma seaweed when it is used in food products. Carrageenan is considered a dietary fiber in technically. Therefore, carrageenan is safe for food and to be consumed. As a dietary fiber, carrageenan is known by a variety of local and native names in parts of Scotland and Ireland. Chondrus crispus it is.. it is boiled in milk and strained before sugar and other flavouring added. The end product of it is a kind of jelly similar to pannacotta, tapioca, or blancmange. You do not need to worry to consume this substance anymore.