Carrageenan gum is a naturally occurring marine polysaccharide extracted from seaweed. These are dietary fibers that dissolve in water. Carrageenan is a great alternative to gelatin and other animal-based thickeners.
How does it work:
A thickener, stabilizer, and emulsifier, carrageenan helps keep mixed ingredients from separating in food and other products. Jelly, pie filling, salad dressing, chocolate, and even processed meat contain carrageenan.
Applications Or where it is used:
The carrageenan gum helps to form gels in frozen dough. Adding carrageenan gum to bread will reduce its lightness. Bakery products usually contain 0.01-0.1% carrageenan gums. The concentration of carrageenan gum in icing or sauces is usually 0.25 to 0.25 %.
Red seaweeds of the families Gigartinaceae, Solieriaceae, and Hypneaceae are used to extract carrageenan. Carrageenan extract is manufactured by removing unwanted material from dried seaweed and extracting it using hot alkaline under agitation to disintegrate the plant material.
How to use:
There are many uses for gellan gum. As a gelling agent, gelatin gives desserts a creamy texture, gives baked goods fillings a jelly-like consistency, and prevents some delicacies, such as creme brûlée or flaming sorbet, from melting. In addition to its use in soft drinks and juices, gellan gum is sometimes used to stabilize supplemental nutrients like calcium, ensuring they stay mixed into the beverage instead of pooling at the bottom.
The presence of carrageenan in the body has been linked to chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, digestive disorders, heart disease, neurological disorders, and even cancer. Since carrageenan has no nutritional value, eliminating it from your diet is not harmful.