UL Prospector

Iota Carrageenan



Iota Carrageenan is a natural polysaccharide present in certain varieties of red seaweeds that is capable of forming viscous colloidal dispersions or gels in aqueous and/or milk media. This product is composed of polygalactans, which are lineal polymers of alternating molecules of D-galactose and 3.6 anhydrogalactose. It is a carrageenan that forms very elastic gels in water and in milk, characterized by a very low syneresis, having a content of 30-32% ester sulfate and 28-32% 3.6 anhydrogalactose. These gels are thixotropic, such that when they are subjected to agitation, they behave as a viscous dispersion. When they are left to rest, they recover their elastic solid behavior, allowing its use in products packed at low temperature that regain their firmness within the container. Iota Carrageenans also have very good stability to freeze-thawing cycles, preventing syneresis and ice formation in frozen products and retaining their creaminess. It can be used as a gelling agent, a thickener, a stabilizer, and suspension agent.


Gelymar is a global supplier that produces and markets carrageenan products for the Food, Beverage and Nutrition industry. This company has three products lines that include Carra™Gel, Carra™Lact, and Carra™Sol; and they are mainly produced from cold water seaweeds. Most of the ingredients can be widely used as thickeners and stabilizers in gel desserts, cream desserts, custards, dairy drinks, and more.




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