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Agar Agar is used as 100% vegetarian substitute for Gelatin (manufactured from animal bones and skin) in the food industry. The usage is fast gaining ground due to the worldwide shift for products of vegetable origin. Agar Agar has been used for many centuries as high performance gelling agent.
Its ability to produce clear colourless, odourless, and natural gels without the support of other colloids has long been exploited by the food industry as a stabilizing and gelling agent. Agar Agar gels at 34°C to 42°C and melts at 80°C to 98°C. This unmatched natural hysteresis offers a definite advantage particularly with regard to the shelf life of food preparations.
Agar can also be used as a coagulator, thickening agent, emulsifier and stabilizer in the manufacture of confectionaries like gums, caramels, marshmallows etc.
Carrageenan is made up of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium sulphate esters of galactose and 3, 6-anhydrogalactose units. It is a wholly natural ingredient obtained from certain species of red edible seaweed called the Class Rhodophyceae. The popular sources for Carrageenan are the ChondrusCripus, EucheumaCottonii and EucheumaSpinosum species.
The Chondruscrispus species grows mainly in cold water territories such as the northern coasts of the Atlantic while the Eucheuma species are abundantly found in tropical climates like the Philippines. The Philippines has successfully launched and maintained numerous EucheumaCottonii and EucheumaSpinosum seaweed farms providing ample supply and good quality to meet the growing demand.
There are three Carrageenan types which are of commercial interest because of the various applications of hydrocolloids in food and other industrial uses. They are called the Iota, Kappa and Lambda Carrageenan. Marine Hydrocolloids Carrageenan uses the EucheumaCottonii for the production of Kappa Carrageenan and the EucheumaSpinosum for Iota Carrageenan. ChondrusCrispus species is used for production of Lambda Carrageenan.
Agar Agar type Wonder Gel is perfect vegetable substitute to traditional animal gelatin that provides a soft & delicate texture with smooth spreadability & creaminess. It is ideal for vegetarian & vegan diets as it is made from a natural plant-based source. High versatility in applications such as cake glaze, decorative piping gel, yogurt, soft puddings, creamy custards, spreadable cheese etc.
WONDERGEL is easy to use without additional gelling aids, with high water binding capacity and high in dietary fibre. WONDERGEL has excellent synergy with sugar and other hydrocolloids and its low gelling point and easy and rapid dissolution at 70-80oC allows convenient management on industrial production lines. Wonder Gel is a replacement for LMPectin and Iota Carrageenan also.
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