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What is Carrageenan?

Carrageenan is a natural gelling agent derived from seaweed, carrageenan binds moisture and improves the texture, viscosity and firmness of a variety of foods. Certain foods that contain carrageenan are also able to reduce fat, sugar, and sodium content while maintaining freshness and body. 

Preventing separation with red seaweed

Carrageenan in food can be found everywhere. In fact, people have been harvesting seaweed for centuries to take advantage of the extremely effective gelling properties found in carrageenans. Carrageenan is produced from Red Seaweed, mainly from Chile, which is a highly sustainable and natural source of raw materials. The seaweed is produced with no or very little land use and requires no fertilizers or irrigation etc.

The unique characteristics of carrageenan make it an essential ingredient in many foods, including 

Today, carrageenans are used to add texture and stability to a broad range of products as shown below:

  • Dairy desserts
  • Chocolate milk
  • Fruity jellies
  • Organic food products
  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Cheeses
  • Soy-based products
  • Deli meats
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Plus so much more

Carrageenans are also used in a variety of meat-based products providing firmness and texture to sausages and sliceability and juiciness to cooked ham.

How our carrageenan ingredients can help you

Our refined and semi-refined carrageenan ingredients are perfect for a wide range of applications.

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