Let me try that again, then, since you appear to be picking apart my choice of words: carageenan affects the mouthfeel of many foods, thereby making it "seem" more smooth and rich. And by, rich, I mean to say that smoothness and richness are associated in my mind. When I ate ice cream, the premium stuff was always richer tasting than ice milk, so my preference was always for Ben & Jerry's and Haagen Dazs. Same is true for Soy Delicious. It tastes smoother and richer than some other brands. I have, however, cut back radically on my Soy Delicious consumption, because it was becoming more of a habit than a treat.Originally posted by soilman
"carageenan is what makes it taste so smooth and rich"
All carageenan does it make it more viscous, thicker. It doesn't give it much flavor at all, doesn't make it taste "rich." It may be a smooth thickener, that is, not lumpy or grainy, but I don't see why you would say it makes a food taste "rich."