insoluble colloidal acid in the form of a carboxylated polysaccharide
that is abundant in the cell walls of brown algae (especially large
kelp and wracks).
in jam, jellies
and marmalades as defined in Directive 79/693/EEC and other similar
fruit spreads including low-calorie products, an ingredient in antacid
preparations (Gaviscon, Bisodol tablets, Asilone tablets Boots own etc)
kelp is also available in tablet form as a dietary supplement.
Found in seaweed fertilizer preparations (approved by DEFRA's organic
food standards but not by the Soil Association)
(E400 - E405) are also used as a thickening paste for colours in printing
textiles, as a hardener and thickener for joining threads in weaving;
the alginates may subsequently be dissolved away, giving special effects
to the material. Other uses include glazing and sizing paper, special
printers' inks, paints, cosmetics, insecticides, and pharmaceutical
preparations. In the USA alginates are frequently used as stabilisers
in ice cream, giving a smooth texture and body, and also as a suspending
agent in milk shakes.
known adverse effects, however large quantities may inhibit the absorption
of some nutrients.
for use in animal feeds.
Researchers in the Gastro Intestinal Research Laboratory at McGill University
in Montreal, Canada, reported that alginic acid, once ingested, is able
to bind with heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead in the body,
carrying them out of the system. Alginic acid has also been found to
remove traces of low level radioactive material