Emulsifiers, Stabilisers, Thickeners
and Gelling Agents..
Ammonium salt of alginic acid (E400), a natural polysaccharide,
produced by different seaweeds of the family Phaeophyceae (Macrocystis
pyrifera, Laminaria digitata, L. cloustoni, Ascophyllum nodosum)
in the USA and the UK.
Used 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).
No known adverse effects, however large quantities may inhibit
the absorption of some nutrients.