Carrageenan is extracted from red seaweed, most commonly of the Chondrus crispus, Eucheuma cottonii, Eucheuma spinosum, or Gigartina stellata species. Carrageenan is available in three grades: iota, kappa, and lambda.

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  • Provides set to puddings
  • Controls syneresis
  • Binds water in reformed meats
  • Improves mouthfeel in milkshakes
  • Provides suspension and body to instant drinks
  • Prevents whey-off in dairy products

What is carrageenan?

Learn more by watching our Basics of Food Gums video on carrageenan and other seaweed extracts.

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