Carrageenan (407)

Carrageenan – a multifunctional ingredient extracted from red algae that are harvested in the sea, commonly used as a gelling agent, thickener, stabilizer in food categories, like meat, jellies, ice creams, and puddings. The European food additive number for it is E407 and E407a (with cellulose content). In dairy products, this is used to improve the texture of cottage cheese and ice cream by preventing the separation of the whey or replacing half of the normal fat. It is considered generally safe.

Function: gelling agent

Side effects:

  • Bloating
  • Glucose intolerance
  • Intestinal inflammation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and IBD (inflammatory bowel disease )

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