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Carrageenan With Dextrose
Carrageenan is a natural carbohydrate obtained from edible red seaweeds. Carrageenan supposedly non-toxic is found in any processed foods including infant formulas. Carrageenan contains MSG and may lead to harmful health effects.
Carrageenan is utilized in processed foods as a thickener and stabilizer. It renders the food more palatable and appealing through interaction with other substances in the food.
Food and other domestic uses
Desserts, ice cream, cream, milkshakes, salad dressings, sweetened condensed milk and sauces: gel to increase viscosity
Beer: clarifier to remove haze-causing proteins
Pâtés and processed meats such as ham
Toothpaste: stabilizer to prevent constituents separating
Fruit Gushers: ingredient in the encapsulated gel
Firefighting foam: thickener to cause foam to become sticky
Shampoo and cosmetic creams: thickener
Air freshener gels
Marbling: the ancient art of paper and fabric marbling uses a carrageenan mixture on which to float paints or inks; the paper or fabric is then laid on it, absorbing the colors
Shoe polish: gel to increase viscosity
Biotechnology: gel to immobilize cells/enzymes
Pharmaceuticals: used as an inactive excipient in pills/tablets
Soy milk and other plant milk: used to thicken, in an attempt to emulate the consistency of whole milk
Diet sodas: to enhance texture and suspend flavors
Scientists studied carrageenan for decades and revealed that it could lead to cancer. The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Food recommended that a safe level of carrageenan in foods should not exceed 5%, and reiterated the prohibition of this ingredient in infant formulas.
In the U.S, even after recognizing the potential harms of carrageenan, the FDA still authorizes its use in processed food and infant formulas. The FDA affirms that the amount use in foods is relatively safe.