Carrageenan is a compound that is extracted from red algae and added to different products in the food industry, primarily as a thickener or a stabilizer in dairy products. Recent studies have raised awareness for carrageenan as it is believed to cause inflammation in the body particularly in the intestinal tract when consumed regularly. If you suffer from IBS, Crohn’s disease or another GI issue it is wise to limit or avoid your intake of this food additive. And, for those who do not have any GI issues steering clear of this additive will help to reduce overall inflammation in your body. Inflammation is linked to chronic diseases such as, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson diseases and cancer. Carrageenan is usually found in: chocolate milk, cottage cheese, some yogurts, cream, ice cream, sour cream and nondairy milks. Check the ingredient lists of the products you buy to see if carrageenan is present! Check out this guide to find organic products that do not contain carrageenan: http://www.cornucopia.org/shopping-guide-to-avoiding-organic-foods-with-carrageenan/
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