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408 Furcelleran

Origin:
A natural polysaccharide, produced from seaweed (Furcellaria fastigata) in Denmark. Sometimes it is placed under E407, due to the fact that they have similar chemical structures.

Function & characteristics:
Thickening agent, stabiliser and emulsifier.

Products:
Products for diabetics.

Acceptable Daily Intake:
Up to 75 mg/kg body weight.

Side effects:
None known in the concentrations used, although high concentrations bring about flatulence and bloating, due to fermentation by the intestinal microflora (in the same way as all indigestible polysaccharides).

Dietary restrictions:
Furcelleran can be used by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.

 



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