One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A substance extracted from red and purple seaweeds, consisting of a mixture of polysaccharides. It is used as a thickening or emulsifying agent in food products.
- ‘Similar vegetable gums, with the same possible adverse effects, are carrageenan, gum tragacanth, and carob or locust bean gum.’
- ‘A stabilizer such as carrageenan can help keep the calcium in suspension.’
- ‘The use of carrageenan as a stabilizing agent has become widespread and is very effective in keeping the cocoa ingredient bound to the milk protein.’
- ‘Also, ingredients such as carrageenan provide added stability.’
- ‘Some alternatives which produce results similar to gelatin are agar-agar, carrageenan, tapioca, sago, guar gum, pectin, and rennet.’
- ‘In addition, stabilizers such as kappa carrageenan help prevent the cocoa particles from settling out in chocolate milk.’
- ‘Keep in mind, too, that most commercial soy milks, especially the fortified ones, contain added salt and sweeteners (cane juice, usually) and are thickened with carrageenan (extracted from seaweed).’
- ‘The organisation is similarly developing carrageenan and is sponsoring a large safety study in women attending a family planning clinic in South Africa.’
- ‘It also reduced the paw edema induced by carrageenan in rats.’
- ‘Neutral-type applications such as these require specific types of carrageenan to attain stability.’
- ‘Most commercial ice cream is made with carrageenan, a seaweed extract.’
1960s: from carrageen + -an.
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