carrageenan


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carrageenan

[‚kar·ə′gē·nən]
(organic chemistry)
A polysaccharide derived from the red seaweed (Rhodophyceae) and used chiefly as an emulsifying, gelling, and stabilizing agent and as a viscosity builder in foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Also spelled carrageenin.
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If you're not the sort of person who scrutinizes the label of everything you buy, especially foods, then "quite likely you have swallowed carrageenan in more than one product over the past day.
Meanwhile, the current findings "make the case that carrageenan is a useful compound to add to nonoxynol-9" to offset its detrimental effects, Kast says.
The data with regard to intestinal effects of carrageenan seem sufficient to mandate restriction of carrageenan intake.
Industries that make money by adding carrageenan point to studies that find it innocuous except in rare instances.
Since carrageenan is a common ingredient in a variety of consumer products, including some sex lubricants, the researchers tried the same test with lubricants containing carrageenan and those without it.
In a recent paper, Tache et al (4) used a well-established and highly sensitive aberrant crypt assay to examined the potential for carrageenan to promote azoxymethane-induced colonic cancer; they found no promoting effect when a humanized gut flora was used.
In rodent models, there is clear evidence that degraded carrageenan can induce ulcerations and neoplasms.
For example, McDonald's restaurants use carrageenan, extracted from red algae and mixed with water, to help retain juices in their McLean Deluxe reduced-fat hamburgers, says Penichter, whose company makes carrageenan.
Pick up any of the new cheeses and you'll find guar or carrageenan, xanthan or locust bean in the list of ingredients.
Major product lines impacted include pectin, xanthan gum, gellan gum and carrageenan.
For UHT Reconstituted Milk, Premium Ingredients has developed PREMITEX XLB-6012, a specific blend of emulsifiers and stabilizers composed of mono - and diglycerides of fatty acids, carrageenan and guar gum and designed for the preparations of long life milk drinks and recombined milk.