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Hey Veggie Friends,
If you’re drinking any sort of milk substitute, go grab it and look for this ingredient: Carrageenan.
Carrageenan is a common ingredient in the majority of milk substitutes, baby formulas, cottage cheese and, sadly, even some flavored coconut waters. It’s used as a stabilizer and/or emulsifier. And it doesn’t even matter if the product is USDA certified organic. Carrageenan is a derived from red seaweed.
The issue is Carrageenan has been deemed a carcinogen. The controversy is there are 2 “classes” of Carrageenan: food safe and approved (aka under-graded) and non-approved or non-food-safe (aka degraded).
Some studies (including industry-funded studies) are showing food-grade carrageenan also linked to colon inflammation and colon cancer in animals. Some report that “food-grade” carrageenan can degrade in the gastrointestinal tract to the same molecular weight/structure and non-food-grade carrageenan.
Apparently when the industry tested food-grade carrageenan for the presence of non-food-grade carrageenan, every sample had at least some non-food grade carrageenen in it. Some samples had as much as 25% non-food-grade carrageenan?
It’s in a lot of products! I copied and pasted this "quick outline" of brands for you to look at:
Silk (Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk does not have it)
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There is much controversy around carrageenen, and I am wondering what your thoughts are...
this is important stuff!!! thanks for looking out for our health!
My pleasure :) We learn and share as we go....
"Their main application is in dairy and meat products, due to their strong interactions with protein."
You know, anything they shove inside dairy and meat is typically horrendous for you. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!
Yeah, seems like it's always something?! We do the best we can...
LOl, Holly Crap! my thought's exactly...as if I don't read everything like a novel already! Shopping takes me HOURS these days.