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Carrageenan

Carrageenan, derived from the name of a place in Ireland called “Carragin” where it was discovered, is a water soluble gel used mostly as a thickening and binding agent. It is a natural vegetable gelatin obtained from red algae and widely used in food, medicines, and research.

Carrageenan has three (3) varieties of commercial interest:

  • Kappa
  • Iota
  • Lambda

A natural hydrocolloid, Kappa carrageenan is the most common variety used as an ingredient in household products and etc. Aside from being a thickening and binding agent, it is a suspending and emulsifying stabilizer. It also has pure gelling property that is found to be greatly suitable for food production industry.

Kappa carrageenan has the following characteristics:

  • Firm, brittle gel
  • Soluble at 80°C
  • Reactive with Potassium ions
  • With minimum syneresis
  • Strongly gelling

As mentioned before, Kappa has the most number of uses among the three varieties of commercial carrageenan. It can be used in the following for its corresponding purposes:

  • Frozen Desserts such as Ice cream and Ice popsicle
  • Jelly
  • Meat
  • Dairy products such as Milk, Cheese and Yogurt
  • Confectionery
  • Beer
  • Paint
  • Toothpaste
  • Air-freshener gel