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Also Known As : Kanten, Japanese gelatin
Technical Name : Gelidium amansii


Taste Profile


Usage Tips

  1. It's a vegetarian option to set your mousse, cheesecakes or jellies.

Common names and forms

  1. Agar Agar Powder


Agar-Agar is a jelly-like  vegetarian gelatin substitute  which is obtained from Red algae. It is  used as a food additive. It is produced mainly in Japan and South America.

Health benefits

  • Agar-Agar prevents heart disorders and high blood pressure effectively.(1)
  • Agar-Agar is used for  treatment of hyperbilirubinemia( it is a condition in which there is excess of bilirubin in the blood) and for glucose intolerance in type 2 diabetes mellitus ( Metabolic disorder in which blood sugar level increases and lack of insulin).(1)
  •  Agar-Agar works as a wondeful raw material for making lipstick, soap, ointments, lotion and cream.(1)

Selection Guide

Choose packed variety either in powder form or in capsules.


Agar may cause mild diarrhea and when ingested with insufficient fluid, may cause foodpipe or bowel obstruction.(2)

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