Agar

Agar
Tags: Gastrointestinal Aids,Cardiovascular Aids,Metabolic Aids,Gelling Agents,
  • Definition

    Agar is a gelling agent derived from algae. It is popular in Asian, vegetarian, and modernist cuisines as a meat-free gelatin alternative.

  • Health considerations

    Agar is primarily fiber and has been used as a fiber supplement. It has been found to delay the speed with which food leaves the stomach, prolonging the sensation of fullness and possibly curbing appetite. In a study of obese, diabetic patients undergoing monitored weight loss, the group whose diet was supplemented with agar experienced significantly more weight loss and greater decreases in cholesterol.

  • Keep in mind

    Agar's high fiber content may cause constipation or have a laxative effect in individuals unaccustomed to high fiber intake, if consumed in large quantities.

  • May be found in

    Sold as flakes or threads, jelly desserts, agar flan, jams, marmalades, puddings, custards, non-dairy yogurt

  • References

    Handbook of Hydrocolloids
    Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology

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