Seaweed has various benefits. One of it is found in Carrageenan. Although many people focus in carrageenan danger, the fact is this substance hides many things inside it. what are they? One and the most popular one is as nori in Japan, Korea, and China. Although it is not directly used the carrageenan, it uses seaweed that the source of carrageenan. Since it has many health benefits, it becomes the popular food in the western world too.
The Properties of Carrageenan
Carrageenans are large and have high flexible molecules. Those molecules are curled forming helical structures. Carrageenan is widely used in the food and other industries as thickening and stabilizing agents. This substance gives them ability to form a variety of different gels at room temperature. The three main commercial classes of carrageenan are Kappa, Lota, and Lambda. Kappa forms strong and it reacts with dairy proteins and sourced mainly from Kappaphycus alvarezii. The second is lota. Lota forms soft gels in the presence of calcium ions and it is produced mainly from Eucheuma denticulatum, and the last is Lambda which is not gel and it is used to thicken dairy products.
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.