What the !%@^ are you eating?!?
What is it?
A seaweed gel used as a food additive
What’s the problem?
It’s used to thicken and stabilize a variety of conventional foods, even found in some organic products… Animal studies have linked it to:
Where is it banned?
Nowhere right now… but a committee that advises the FDA on GRAS ingredients says “uncertainties exist” and further study is needed. There is also a petition to remove carrageenan from organic products.
**UPDATE: On 11/18/16 The National Organic Standards Board decided to remove carrageenan from organic ingredients.**
What to look out for?
- Dairy products
- Soymilk, almond milk
- Nutritional shakes
- Some meat products
- Certain frozen meals
What to do?
Read the ingredient list, even if the package says organic!
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