Do they use seaweed in ice cream?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Ice cream is not actually made with seaweed as an ingredient.

    What's inside the ice cream is a gum extracted from the seaweed, called

    carrageenan, named after the place in Ireland where the seaweed is

    collected.

    Gums, such as those used in sealing tape and candies, come from all types

    of plants. They are sugars bonded together in very long strands like a

    necklace.

    Since seaweed lives in the sea, the gum made from it loves water. This is

    why it is used in ice cream. The gum, even in small amounts, ties up the

    water in the ice cream, making it thick and smooth instead of thin and

    runny. It also keeps the water from forming ice when it sits in your

    freezer.

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  • Erika
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    3 years ago

    Seaweed In Ice Cream

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ice cream is not actually made with seaweed as an ingredient.

    What's inside the ice cream is a gum extracted from the seaweed, called

    carrageenan, named after the place in Ireland where the seaweed is

    collected.

    Gums, such as those used in sealing tape and candies, come from all types

    of plants. They are sugars bonded together in very long strands like a

    necklace.

    Since seaweed lives in the sea, the gum made from it loves water. This is

    why it is used in ice cream. The gum, even in small amounts, ties up the

    water in the ice cream, making it thick and smooth instead of thin and

    runny. It also keeps the water from forming ice when it sits in your

    freezer.

    If you look on the ice cream package label, you should see the name

    carrageenan. Only a half-teaspoon is used in the entire half gallon of ice

    cream.

    Ice cream is made with milk and cream, combined with flavorings and sweeteners, such as sugar.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Carrageenan is used in the making of commercial ice cream to get it creamy. But in Asia, particularly Japan, Korea and Singapore, they do have seaweed ice cream.

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  • 1 decade ago

    agar a product that can be derived from seaweed is used in ice cream and other products to give it desired richness of texture. But it is so refined that you would never guess by looking at it.

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  • Lauren
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    4 years ago

    If you see carrageenan gum listed as an ingredient, that's seaweed, too. It's actually in Yoo Hoo chocolate drink, as well. It's a thickener.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes they do, it is called karrageen [sp] moss. It is high in iodine and is used as a thickening agent. As a child a custard made out of this was one of my favourite desserts, we called it sea-meal custard.

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  • pattie
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    3 years ago

    A lot of valuable answers here

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  • 1 decade ago

    haha i actually learned this in school today they use a "phylum rhodophyta" its an algae its used as a thickenin agent.... so yea kind of ish... they use it in conditioner too

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