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Carrageenan is the soluble fiber product which is derived from the red seaweed. It is also known as the food ingredient which has been used for hundreds of years around the world. It can be called as the naturally occurring substance. The confused between carrageenan and poligeenan make the carrageenan dangers spread around thepublic.

Understanding the poligeenan

The poligeenan is the degraded carrageenan. It is not a food additive and does not have functionality in food. The use of the poligeenan is in a medical imaging application and it is considered as acarcinogen. From the materials, carrageenan and poligeenan are not only different from the material but also from the manufacturing processes. Poligeenan production requires aggressive processing which uses strong acids and high temperature over a period of time. Then, the extraction process between poligeenan and carrageenan is different because carrageenan only needs minimal processing to release and purify.

If the human body temperature is about 98.60F, you will need more than that to make poligeenan. The poligeenan needs extremely high temperatures about 1900F. It is like the double body temperature.

Besides the temperature, the pH number to make poligeenan is different from carrageenan and the normal pH number. pH is the measure of how acidic or how basic a substance is. Then, when you start eating, the stomach could release the acids and other enzymes to aid in digestion. At this moment, the average pH level in the stomach is about 3. It is the same as the acidity of orange juice which is the same average pH.Poligeenan undergoes an acid process during production at pH levels in the range of 0.9 to 1.3. It is similar to the pH levels of the acids in the car battery, which is 100 times stronger than the acids in orange juice.