Carrageenan is a seaweed so you might think it would be harmless – but “natural” doesn’t always = healthy (consider poisonous mushrooms as an example).
Food companies are adding it to everything from soy milk, almond milk, ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, and the list goes on and on. Here’s the problem: it has been found (since 1960) to cause inflammation which can lead to damage in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and/or exacerbate existing digestive conditions. Damage to the gastrointestinal tract can show up in various ways; diarrhea, constipation, allergies, skin issues, autoimmune conditions, bloating, gas, even emotional irritability and malaise – and these are just a few of the possible symptoms! Inflammation is also linked to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and even cancer.
Will an occasional carrageenan laced food cause irreversible damage? Well no…. but given the choice when filling your shopping cart – personally I choose to avoid it when possible. Where I AM rigid is with pet food – if your furry loved one is consuming carrageenan with every meal – the percentage of dietary intake soars – increasing their risk of health issues.
Interestingly, some pet food cans state on the front label “Carrageenan Free” implying public/consumer awareness.
– Why haven’t I seen that label for human food?