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Carrageenan (E407)

Also Known As : Carrageenan (INS 407), Emulsifying & Stabilizing Agent (E-407), Gelling Agent (E407), Gelling Agent (INS 407)


Usage Tips

  1. It is widely used in ice cream, condensed milk, beer, soy milk, yogurt, dairy products, beverages, processed foods.
  2. It is also used in cheese spread, dressings, crackers, pastries, custard etc.

Common names and forms

  1. Carrageenan (INS 407)
  2. Emulsifier and Stabilizer (407)
  3. Emulsifying & Stabilizing Agent (E-407)
  4. Gelling Agent (E407)
  5. Gelling Agent (INS 407)
  6. Gelling Agents 407
  7. Permitted Emulsifying & Stabilizing Agents (INS 407)
  8. Permitted Stabilizer (E 407)
  9. Permitted Stabilizer 407
  10. Stabiliser (E407)
  11. Stabilizer (407)
  12. Stabilizer (E 407)
  13. Stabilizer (E-407a)
  14. Stabilizer (INS 407)
  15. Stabilizing Agents (INS 407)
  16. Thickener 407
  17. Vegetable Gum 407


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. 

Health benefits

  • Carrageenan (E407) acts as an antioxidant and protect cells from damage.(1)
  • It helps to relieve gastric discomfort.(1)
  • It also supports digestive health and regulates bowel movements.(1)

Selection Guide

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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