About Carrageenan

Posted by Jan Modric on Wed, Apr 13, 2011  
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Carrageenan is an indigestible carbohydrate, extracted from marine alge, and is commonly used as a food thickener, especially in Japan and Korea.

Carrageenan may be, as a food additive (E407) added to dairy products, deserts, jellies, canned foods, salad dressings. Some people experience abdominal cramps and diarrhea after eating foods with carrageenan.

Foods and products that may trigger carrageenan allergies:

  • Chocolate, almond, coconut and soy milk
  • Coffee
  • Hot cereal beverages
  • Ice creams, yogurts, cottage cheese, whipping creams
  • Fruit jellies, soft drinks
  • Ham
  • Salad dressings, sauces
  • Infant formulas
  • Dried pasta products
  • Pate, processed meats, fish products
  • Vegetarian hot dogs
  • Liquid and frozen egg products
  • Salt substitutes, sugars and syrups
  • Beer
  • Fermented vegetables


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