Carrageenan is a family of linear sulfated polysaccharides that are extracted from red edible seaweeds. They are widely used in the food industry, for their gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties. Their main application is in dairy and meat products, due to their strong binding to food proteins.
It is made up of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium sulphate esters of galactose and 3, 6-anhydrogalactose units. It is a wholly natural ingredient obtained from certain species of red edible seaweed called the Class Rhodophyceae. The popular sources for Carrageenan are the Chondrus Cripus, Eucheuma Cottonii and Eucheuma Spinosum species.
Iota, Kappa and Lambda Carrageenan are the three types of Carrageenan,which differ in their degree of sulfation. They are of commercial interest because of the various applications of hydrocolloids in food and other industrial uses. Kappa-carrageenan has one sulfate group per disaccharide, iota-carrageenan has two, and lambda-carrageenan has three.Marine Hydrocolloids Carrageenan uses the EucheumaCottonii for the production of Kappa Carrageenan and the Eucheuma Spinosum for Iota Carrageenan. Chondrus Crispus species is used for production of Lambda Carrageenan.
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Carrageenan finds application in Meat, Dairy, Dessert Jelly, Pet food, Beer, Pharmaceuticals, Air Freshener, Tooth Paste, Lotions and Creams and Hard Gel Soap and more.
Carrageenan helps meat processors achieve product quality throughout the processing and distribution cycle resulting in better shelf life.
Carrageenan successfully meets the needs for precise adjustments of food homogeneity, texture and mouth feel of the broad range of milk and dairy products. Carrageenan interacts and reacts well to milk proteins as it promotes the smooth and thorough dispersion of even the most delicate ingredients in milk and dairy products.
Carrageenan is an excellent gelling agent that exhibits a wide spectrum of textural properties. It forms transparent thermo reversible gels with minimal syneresis. It melts at high temperature and has the ability to gel at room temperature thus refrigeration is not required.
Marine Hydrocolloids Carrageenan has always been a reliable partner of the pet food industry for many years now. Be it pure Carrageenan or customized blends, Marine Hydrocolloids Carrageenan forms a vital component of many pet food products all over the world. Carrageenan’s main function is to provide stable form and homogeneous appearance to various pet food systems such as chunks-in-loaf (CIL), chunks-in-jelly (CIJ) and chunks-in-gravy (CIG).
The ability to interact with protein makes Carrageenan an excellent beer fining agent. Kappa Carrageenan is negatively charged in the solution, owing to its sulphate groups. Wort proteins interact in these charged sites. At very low dosage, Carrageenan sticks together Non-Microbiological Particles (NMPs) such as protein, polyphenols and polysaccharides, in wort forming large aggregates which settles faster and is easier to filtrate.
Carrageenan is a good substitute for gelatin (animal-based product) in hard and soft gel capsules. The incorporation in glycerine- water mixture masks the chalkiness of antacid gels.
Apart from the various usage of Carrageenan in food products, it serves as a vital and essential ingredient in several technical and personal care products such as in air freshner, tooth paste, lotions/skin creams , Low pH hard gel soap etc.
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