This is bad news. We know that chronic inflammation is a root cause of many serious diseases including; heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
In the past, drug investigators actually used carrageenan to cause inflammation in tissues in order to test the anti-inflammatory properties of new drugs. When laboratory mice are exposed to low concentrations of carrageenan for 18 days, they develop “profound” glucose intolerance and impaired insulin action, both of which can lead to diabetes.
Given the current research and information, I would strongly recommend avoiding all carrageenans. This is especially important for people with auto-immune conditions, cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, and pregnant women.
Here’s how to cut carrageenan from your diet:
Scan the label. Carrageenan must legally appear on a food label, so check labels of even organic foods to see if it’s an ingredient. While organic foods ban the use of GMOs, chemical pesticides, and toxic synthetic additives, the program does allow carrageenan. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Standards Board isn’t set to vote on removing it from organics for four more years.
Speak up. Sign the Carrageenan Petition to the FDA to let the federal agency know you don’t want this ingredient in the food chain.
Check the list. The Cornucopia Institute created a Buying Guide to help you shop carrageenan-free products. Vallaeys says the good news is companies like Stonyfield Farm, So Delicious, Eden Foods, and Oregon Ice Cream are voluntarily working to reformulate carrageenan-free products.