What is carrageenan?
Carrageenans or carrageenins are a family of linear sulphated polysaccharides that are extracted from red edible seaweeds. They are widely used in the food industry, for their gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties. Wikipedia
You may find carrageenan in various food products such as dairy and non-dairy milks, yogurts, ice creams, salad dressings, meat products, etc. It is even found in organic products.
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In the meantime, read this article by Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. Is Carrageenan Safe? In it Dr. Weil references Dr. Tobacman who “conducted studies linking undegraded carrageenan – the type that is widely used in foods – with malignancies and other stomach problems. Dr. Tobacman said that her research has shown that exposure to carrageenan causes inflammation and that when we consume processed foods containing it, we ingest enough to cause inflammation in our bodies. She explained that all forms of carrageenan are capable of causing inflammation. This is bad news. We know that chronic inflammation is a root cause of many serious diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer’sand Parkinson’s diseases, and cancer.”