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In recent news, this popular food additive was found to be effective against the common cold and the H1N1 flu virus!
Names: Ammonium Carrageenan, Calcium Carrageenan, Potassium Carrageenan, Sodium Carrageenan, Chondrus Extract, Irish Moss
E Number: E407
Found In: ice cream, chocolate milk, sherbet, jam, jelly, cheese spread, dressings, crackers, pastries, custard, evaporated milk, whipped cream, infant formula, soy milk
Description: Derived from a red seaweed by heating and converting into a gel. Used to thicken and stabilize processed foods. Also used as an emulsifier in certain products. Roughly 80% of the world’s supply comes from the Philippines. In 2007, the joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) indicated that carrageenan should be restricted in infant formula due to the gastrointestinal effects on infants.
Allergy Information: May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals
Possible Health Effects: In animal studies, results indicated that when carrageenan was subject to high temperatures…read more on Carrageenan.
Copyright July 2, 2010 Be Food Smart, Updated December 20, 2010