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What is agar?

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Agar is a gum obtained from red seaweeds of the genera Gelidium, Gracilaria, and Euchemuma, class Rhodophyceae. Agar is used in food products for its gel formation in products such as glazes and icings.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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