False linkages lead to myths! Why to trust the hearsay or unfounded facts which appear to be more or less contrived? This builds a base for the problem to occur and even results in self-harming oneself. We are talking about carrageenan that has acquired a bad name out of a myth that this edible compound leads to carrageenan cancer. Let’s uncover the layer of misconception and build strong on truth.
Talking about carrageenan!
A number of edible compounds are there which help in making the food more delightful. Carrageenan is one such edible additive which enhances the quality of food. For instance, it is used in chocolate food to give it a better taste and helps in making the non-vegetarian food more sumptuous by retaining its moisture.
This compound also helps in making the food stay fresh for a longer time which cuts down in wastage of food due to rot.
How is carrageenan derived?
The food compound is derived from a natural food source that is what you call the red seaweed. The weed is boiled and then the broth is extracted and then dried to a powdered form to be used in all the food products. This compound is so widely used because it is very simple to derive it safely at your home.
It is a general product that can be used in almost every kind of food just like salt and pepper so there should be no concern about eating it. The under-graded carrageenan is safe to eat because it is processed under harsh conditions to make it more consumable.
It is the degraded carrageenan called poligeenan that should not be used for consumption because it is not safe. It is this confusion which has created this misconception that it is the carrageenan that is not easy to be consumed.