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Sodium Alginate

Also Known As : E401, INS401


Usage Tips

  1. Sodium Alginate is used as a stabilizer for ice cream, yogurt and cream cheese.
  2. It acts as a thickener and emulsifier for canned products.
  3. It is also used as a hydration agent for noodles, bread and frozen products.

Common names and forms

  1. Emulsifier (E401)
  2. Emulsifying & Stabilizing Agent (E-401)
  3. Gelling Agent (Sodium alginate)
  4. Sodium Alginate E401
  5. Stabiliser (E401)
  6. Stabiliser (INS 401)
  7. Stabiliser 401
  8. Thickener (E 401)
  9. Thickener (INS 401)
  10. Thickener (sodium alginate)
  11. Thickener 401
  12. Thickener: Sodium Alginate (INS 401)
  13. Thickening Agent (401)
  14. Thickening Agent (INS 401)


Sodium alginate is a sodium salt which is white in colour formed of alginic acid and gum mainly extracted from the cell walls of brown algae.

Health benefits

  • Sodium Alginate helps in treatment for dyspepsia and heartburn.(1)
  • It helps in aiding weight loss and controls obesity.(1)
  • It buffers gastric acid and makes it less harmful for the lining of digestive system.(1)

Selection Guide

Check the "use-by " date while purchasing Sodium Alginate.


Sodium Alginate can cause gastrointestinal problems includes bloating, diarrhea and nausea. It can cause high risk of blood pressure and heart attack.(2)

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