Is Carrageenan Safe?

Is Carrageenan Safe?

October 12, 2019 64 By Ewald Bahringer


[Music] 600 years ago people living along the coast of Carrigan County Ireland started using a red algae which became known as Irish moss to make a jellied desert now the source of carrageen in a food additive used as a thickener in dairy and non dairy products as well as a fat substitute perhaps most famously in the failed mclean deluxe in 2008 i raised a concern about it we had known for decades that caridina had harmful effects on laboratory animals but this was the first study done on human cells to suggest the carrageenan exposure may have a role in the development of human intestinal pathology but that was all five years ago though what’s the update well after the activation of inflammatory pathways was demonstrated an actual human colon tissue samples Europe pulled it from infant formula out of an abundance of caution the latest suggest carrageenan consumption could possibly lead to a leaky gut by disrupting the integrity of the tight junctions that form around the cells lining our intestine which formed the barrier between the outside world and our bloodstream this was an in vitro study though in a petri dish we still don’t know what effects kerrigan has if any in whole human beings some researchers advise consumers to err on the side of caution and select food products without carrageenan accusing the FDA of ignoring its harmful potential personally after having reviewed available evidence I continue to view carrageenan the way I view acrylamide another potential but not proven hazard acrylamide is a chemical formed by cooking carbs at high temperatures so should we avoid a lot of these foods like the EPA suggests well food safety concerns must also be considered in the context of dietary consequences where’s it found the most already unhealthy so sure use your concern about the probable carcinogen acrylamide is just another reason to avoid potato chips chips and french fries but until we know more I wouldn’t cut out healthful foods like whole grain bread similarly I use potential concerns about carrageenan as additional motivation to avoid unhealthy foods but until we know more I wouldn’t cut out more healthful foods though I would suggest those with inflammatory bowel disease or other gastrointestinal problems try cutting out carrageenan at least temporarily to see if your symptoms improve [Music] you