A heads up! If you drink almond milk, you may (no, you DEFINITELY) want to check the ingredients to be sure that carrageenan is NOT listed on there! If you already know this, stop reading here. But if you don’t, you must know this because it is such a harmful additive and it can SO easily be avoided!
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Carrageenan is used as an emulsifier and thickener in many products. It is derived from seaweed and you’d think that would make it safe, however it causes bleeding and ulcers and has been shown to have a link to gastrointestinal cancers. Concerns with carrageenan date back to the 1960’s when research linked the ingredient to gastrointestinal diseases in lab animals, including ulcerative colitis, intestinal lesions, and colon cancer. Drug investigators used to utilize carrageenan to actually CAUSE inflammation in tissues so that they could test the anti-inflammatory properties of their new drugs. So is this something you should be ingesting daily in your morning coffee or cereal, OR giving to your children?
You must read ingredients! Even organic brands like Pacific uses this in it’s products. And Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods products – you guessed it…..have carrageenan in SO MANY of the products they sell. Just to drive home this point even more, please read below, a cut-and-paste quote from a clinical medicine MD:
“Carrageenan exposure clearly causes inflammation; the amount of carrageenan in food products is sufficient to cause inflammation; and degraded carrageenan and food-grade carrageenan are both harmful,” says Dr. Joanne Tobacman, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. In other words, we simply don’t know if any amount of carrageenan can be considered safe.
“The rising incidence and prevalence of ulcerative colitis across the globe is correlated with the increased consumption of processed foods, including products containing carrageenan,” says Dr. Stephen Hanauer, MD, Chief, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and Joseph B. Kirsner, Professor of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Chicago School of Medicine.
So there you have it. Read labels and KNOW what to avoid. FYI: The milk pictured in this blog is WITHOUT carrageenan.
One more thing to avoid, while we’re on the topic (sort of! 🙄 ) Avoid….. Yeast Extract! If you see this on the ingredient list, just know you’re eating MSG. And that is a whole other host of serious, serious issues! Companies have sneaky names for things to get it in our food without our knowledge. READ LABELS and know what to look for! I’ll be doing more blogs on this because information and knowledge is our best defense in arming us against food companies who’s bottom line is THEIR bottom line!
Next blog in about a week. I got some busy stuff….. 😎
Have a great week! xoxxoxo 😉