Agar Agar

edited September 2018 in General Nutrition

I recently noticed in a recipe that they use someting named "Agar Agar". It's a white powder. It looks like it's a natural gelling agent made from seaweed. And the Google says it's healthy. :)
I search it here on Cronometer but I'm not sure which is the right one. When I type "agar agar" I get 2 results (I only use NCCDB): "Seaweed, agar, dried" and "Seaweed, agar, raw". Is this what I'm looking for ? And which is that Agar that is in the form of a powder, the "dried" one ? Then what is the "raw" version, it's the raw seeaweed taken from the ocean ? Is there anyone who can eat that?

I apologise for my misspellings, as English is not my native language.


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    The results are from USDA. My mistake !

    I apologise for my misspellings, as English is not my native language.

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    edited September 2018

    as far as i know some people DO eat seaweed for iodine?

    10g's of the raw item has 9g's water...the dried 10g's has .8 so i would assume the gelling powder would be the dried...

    i think they refer to seaweed as 'sea vegetables'....? don't quote me on that though...

    I am an amateur. I've been using CRON-O-Meter for 10 years and counting, still learning.....

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    Hi Marus,

    These foods are a type of seaweed. The raw version gives the nutrient values for the non-dried, non-cooked seaweed. The dried version gives the nutrient values for the seaweed dried, but I do not think this is the same as the purified powder.

    We don't have a complete nutrient profile for agar powder from USDA or NCCDB, but there are a few brand name products in our database for Agar Agar or Agar Powder, to get you started.


    Karen Stark
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