In general, red seaweed i.e. carrageenan is used as a food ingredient from olden days with healthy factors. It has its own presence in dairy, chocolate, breweries, meat and many industries to handle and maintain the texture in the resultant food product. It is extracted from certain variety of algae developed in the sea. It is famous for two main properties i.e. gelling, emulsifying and stabilizing properties.It has neutral and high reaction with milk proteins, chocolate milk, processed meat, and cold milk powders, etc. In old times it is used at minimum amount in food items, but as the generation grows, the need for the specified red seaweed increased which then raises its availability shortage in the markets. So many has now started selling it in their stores to increase its availability.
Process Of Manufacture
A well processed carrageenan will undergo the process mentioned below.
- Seaweeds are taken
- Washed in fresh water
- Soaked in alkaline
- Washed again fresh water and chopped
- Color is removed from seaweed
- The seaweeds are dried
- Finally the dried weeds are milled and powdered
- Used in cooking.
Benefits AndDoubt Clearance
It is not obtained from one type of seaweed it is from combination of selected types of seaweeds. They are produced in three forms i.e. iota, kappa and lambda with different molecular structures and various food application industries. It makes you food remain relish and delicious for longer duration of time than usual. Beyond all its rumors regarding health, it has positive impact in the food product that is developed for infant, i.e. because of its usage vital nutrients necessary for infants are remained stable and are available without any nutrient defect. But you must also remind that the use of carrageenan in infant formula must not exceed 2400 milligrams.
You have read and been known about the risks in many articles, books and sites, but perhaps all your search, this will make clear all your doubts related to it. The uses and effects of mentioned seaweed you read in those are degraded or under-purified one which is often named as “poligeenan”. This will surely create all the risks you read, but well processed seaweed has its own benefits i.e. doing no harm to health.
Finally, it is declared that food item cooked with processed one is safe and secure to eat without any worries.