Warning: I’m on my soapbox today.
(I’ll put up a happy picture to lighten the “mood”!)
There are so many additives in everything these days!!
I try so hard to eat very “clean” meaning foods with very little ingredients.
Not because I want to jump on some “clean eating” bandwagon and feel superior to those who don’t eat “clean”, but because I have terrible stomach issues.
I thought I was doing great when I started having more issues. I noticed it more and more after I would have my hemp and almond milks. It wasn’t until Angela posted about carrageenan that I made the connection.
I never read the label on my almond of hemp milks. I just assumed they were healthy and good for me. I mean.. they are organic after all. Turns out, they have carrageenan in them.
So what is carrageenan? It is an additive made from red seaweed. It is used in a thickener in ice cream, yogurt, cheese, non- dairy milks, and other processed foods.
As I started looking into it more, Dr. Weil sited Joanne K. Tobacman, MD in his article. Dr. Tobacman has published 18 peer-reviewed studies about carrageenan and the effects on humans. Her conclusion: it is harmful to human health.
Why? Dr. Tobacman says that is has been shown in thousands of experiments to cause inflammation in the body. Inflammation is linked to over 100 diseases including inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and cancer!
Dr. Weil says that he would recommend that anyone with inflammatory bowel disease to avoid carageenan.
How do you find replacements to your products that don’t have carrageenan? You can go to the Cornucopia shopping guide for a listing of organic foods without carrageenan.
If you are big nerd like me, here is the link to Dr. Tobacman’s testimony to the Organic Standards Board regarding carrageenan.
Also, here is an amazing post by Ray Peat on carrageenan. It is worth a read.
Please read up on carrageenan and make your own informed decision. I certainly don’t want to be the one to indoctrinate anyone!
For me, I’m going to try to steer clear of things with carrageenan due to my stomach issues and my medial history of inflammation.
I hate that we have to read every single label on things and have to guess what all the additives are. I’m going back to getting the products with no labels, or ones that have 1-2 ingredients. My poor belly needs it. Not to mention it still is upset from all the antibiotics I had to take from being sick!
If you made it all the way through this post, kudos to you! :) Sorry I get heated about these things. I certainly don’t want anyone telling me what I can and can’t eat. However, I do want all the facts as to what is in my food. Agree??
Tomorrow I’ll be in a much better mood. Promise. :)
Do you read your food labels?
Have you ever heard of carrageenan?