Carageenan is an ultra-refined chemical that’s produced from red seaweed and is a food additive that’s in a lot of products including milk, yogurt, and ice cream. But it’s highly processed.
So much stuff has been written about carageenan, some saying it’s good and some saying it’s bad. There are some that say it’s only the undegraded kind (not food-grade) that’s bad. With it being added to so many foods including things that people think are healthy, like almond milk, we really need to know once and for all if it’s safe.
Carageenan Linked To Many Diseases Including Diabetes
In his article on the safety of carageenan Dr. Weil writes that he doesn’t recommend regular consumption of carageenan. He references Dr. Tobacman’s findings: that all forms of carageenan cause inflammation which is a root cause of may chronic conditions including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. And many people report having allergic reactions–it might be the carageenan in that dairy product that’s making you sick.
Dr. Tobacman also told the board that in the past, drug investigators actually used carrageenan to cause inflammation in tissues in order to test the anti-inflammatory properties of new drugs. And she reported further that 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.
Carageenan is even used in medications, at higher amounts, and has also been linked to cancer. Read more of Dr. Weil’s article here.
Is it any surprise that something so highly processed (think high-fructose corn syrup) could cause inflammation and other bodily disturbances? I think not.