Sodium Alginate is a food ingredient that is derived from brown seaweed and is used in various food applications as a thickener, gelling agent, and stabilizer. In the food industry, Sodium Alginate is often used to create gel-like substances, such as jellies, puddings, and mousses. It helps to improve the texture, appearance, and stability of these foods by forming a gel that can trap and hold liquid ingredients. Additionally, Sodium Alginate is often used to improve the mouthfeel and consistency of processed foods and to help prevent syneresis (the separation of liquid from solid) in dairy products. Because it is tasteless and odorless, Sodium Alginate is also a useful ingredient in products that need to retain their shape or texture without altering the flavor of the food.