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Alginates are natural polysaccharides derived from marine brown algae

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Alginates Supplier

Alginates are natural polysaccharides derived from marine brown algae

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What are Alginates?

Alginates are natural polysaccharides derived from marine brown algae. They have unique properties which make them a valuable component of many applications.

In foods and bakery formulations, they are used to:

  • Stabilize dispersions
  • Increase viscosity
  • Form gels
  • Improve their overall texture

Origin

Alginates were first described by a British chemist (Stanford in 1881) as the most abundant polysaccharide in brown algae encompassing up to 40% of its dry mass. It is present in the intercellular matrix as a gel with bivalent ions such as calcium, magnesium, strontium or with monovalent sodium.

Since its discovery, they have been used in a wide range of applications such as foods and various consumer products.

The first reported use of this ingredient in the food industry was in the form of a gelling agent in the production of artificial cherries in 1946. Flavored, colored solutions of sodium alginate were introduced to a solution of calcium salt to form large drops resembling cherries. These products were very popular due to their stability and resistance to melting.

Commercial Production of Alginates

Commercially, alginates are derived from various brown algae species such as Laminaria, Macrocystis, Ascophyllum, Eclonia, Lessonia, or Durvilleaand Sargassum.

Their extraction process starts with acidification of macerated algal tissue to convert the alginate salt into insoluble alginic acid which is further neutralized with an alkali to form soluble sodium alginates.

 Separation using sifting, floatation, centrifugation and filtration, or their combinations, can remove the residual algal matter. The soluble sodium alginate is then directly precipitated by alcohol, calcium chloride or by mineral acid and the resultant is dried and milled. Other soluble variations that are produced include potassium or ammonium alginates.

Composition

Alginates are linear acidic polysaccharides made up of 1-4 linked β-D-mannuronic acid (M) and α-L-guluronic acid (G) residues with varying sequence and composition.

Molecular weight of commercially-available sodium alginates range from 32,000 to 400,000 g/mol.

Function of Alginates

The use of these ingredients in food applications is cost driven and ranges between 0.5-1.5% and are used to provide the following functions:

  1. Solubility: solubility is controlled by pH, ionic strength and the gelling ions content. Hard water, i.e. water containing ions such as calcium, hinders alginates solubility. They also precipitate under acidic conditions (pH < 3.5) or in the presence of high ion concentrations (mainly calcium). Sodium, potassium, and ammonium alginates are soluble in hot and cold water, and alkaline solutions. It is important to uniformly disperse alginates so that they swell and dissolve without forming lumps.

  2. Viscosity: sodium alginates tend to form highly viscous solutions which remain stable under shear; thus providing smooth flow properties

  3. Unlike other gelling agents such as carrageenan and agar, alginates form heat stable gels at both high and low temperatures and at low pH as well.

  4. They can form clear, transparent films of sodium/ calcium alginate with high tensile strength

Application

Alginates are commonly used in the following applications:

  • Jams, marmalades and fruit sauces (thickening)
  • Low fat processed foods (improve sensory properties)
  • Bakery creams (prevent syneresis and freeze/thaw stability)
  • Non-frozen doughs (decrease dough pasting and increase moisture absorption)
  • Cakes and bread mixes (improve shelf life and moisture retention)
  • Bakery toppings and icings (stabilizer or thickening agent)

Product range

Product range Standards Descriptions
Genax™️ LN
Sodium alginate LN
Improve their overall texture
Genax™️ LF
Sodium alginate LF
Improve their overall texture
Genax™️ KAL
Calcium alginate
Improve their overall texture
Genax™️ PGA
Propylene glycol alginate (PGA)
Improve their overall texture

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December 21, 2023

Alginates have a great texture and consistency

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Customer support is good and fast shipping

December 20, 2023

My order arrived quickly and was well-packaged, ensuring that the products were in perfect condition when it arrived. Customer support is also good.

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December 19, 2023

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December 16, 2023

I recently purchased 100 kg of alginate product from Ingreland. Ingreland’s team was friendly, professional, and knowledgeable, providing excellent support throughout the purchasing process.

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Michael Williams

Great value

December 12, 2023

Worked great for making keto pasta.

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December 7, 2023

The communication with salespeople was exceptional. They provided assistance with my needs, as I was new to ordering this product. The product has proven to be excellent, and I am grateful for its performance!

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