Why there is a worry about the carrageenan?
Generally, there are 2 forms are carrageenan are available in the market, that are food graded carrageenan and food degraded carrageenan. The food graded carrageenan was used for about 100 of years and it has been exclusively reviewed and approved for its use in the foods.
On the other hand, the food degraded carrageenan was realized to be harmful to health and also it should not be used in the food. The food degraded carrageenan was not giving any thickness to the foods.
The acids in the food degraded carrageenan will give bad impacts on thestomach when it was taken with the food. The negative intake of this food degraded carrageenan will lead to the promotion of colonic tumor cells. The researches done with the food degraded carrageenan shows themore negative response from the animal who eat it.Sometime the over dosage of food degraded carrageenan lead to the death of animal like arat.
On the other hand, the food graded carrageenan is tested for all its properties and certified as good for health. The food graded carrageenan is used in the process of foods for stabilization, thickening, and gelation.
The food graded carrageenan is successfully used by the food industry in the US starting from the year of 1950, and with it will be used for the increasing demand driven by the consumers’ need for convenience, appealing food textures, advances in food processing, and new food products.
The food graded carrageenan was used worldwide to improve the look and taste of ice creams, chocolate milk, custards, cheeses, jellies, confections, meats, and protein drinks.
Even though the food graded carrageenan was approved as a food additive, the bad reviews on food degraded carrageenan will lead to the misunderstanding about the food graded carrageenan too.