“The secret ingredient: a strongly gelling dietary fiber called alginate.”
“Industrially available microbes cannot metabolize a sugar called alginate, which makes up half of the sugar content in seaweed.”
“The secret: bacteria genetically engineered to break down a previously inaccessible sugar in seaweed, called alginate.”
“A fibrous material in Sea Kelp called alginate was better at preventing fat absorption than most over-the-counter slimming treatments, laboratory tests showed.”
“Microencapsulation involves surrounding islet cells with formulations of a highly biocompatible, ultra-pure biopolymer, called alginate, or other similar biocompatible polymers.”
“In another technique, scientists at the University of Newcastle have been testing a seaweed extract called alginate that reduces fat absorption by cutting the level of glucose digested by the body before it gets broken down in the large intestine.”
“The materials include calcium phosphate ceramics, degradable polylactic/polyglycolic acid polymers, and hydrogels such as alginate, agarose, fibrin and collagen.”
“It is a curious truth that although they are thrilled to acquire the techniques and fight to have the opportunity to learn to use the Pacojet or the alginate bath, the great majority of stagiaires have no plans to produce avant-garde cuisine themselves.”
“Maybe made from lentil purée, maybe made from some other substance altogether, but definitely mixed with calcium carbonate and run through the alginate bath.”
“It requires the cook to drop a spoonful of some kind of runny substance—red currant purée, say, or pesto or olive oil—first into an alginate bath and then, when a transparent skin has formed on the outside that will allow the product to keep its rounded shape while remaining liquid on the inside, into a tub of water for rinsing, and finally into another for storing.”
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