Clean-Label Gums: Carrageenans

Crucial alternatives to meet growing clean-label demand

Carrageenans-polysaccharides extracted from edible red seaweed-are not without controversy, as some studies associate their degraded form with inflammation. But authorities ranging from FDA and USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and a Joint FAO/WHO expert committee on food additives all bless their use in foods, where they’re “a natural partners with proteins,” Peck Moeller says. “As an example, they help suspend the cocoa in chocolate milk.”

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