Carrageenan (E407) is a natural polysaccharide extracted from red or purple seaweed. It is extracted from red algae that are harvested in the sea, commonly used as a gelling agent, thickener, stabilizer in the food industry.
What's in the name?
It gets its name from Chondrus crispus species of seaweed known as Carrageen Moss or Irish Moss in England, and Carraigin in Ireland. It is most widely grown along the coasts of North America, and Europe.
Look for the expiry date on its packaging.
Consumption of Carrageenan (E407) in high concentrations can cause flatulence and bloating.(2)
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