Carrageenan is a thickener and stabiliser derived from seaweed that food companies use in a wide range of products. Low fat dairy, nondairy milks, and yogurts are some of the common grocery items that contain carrageenan.
This food additive has been controversial for many years. Carrageenan has come under fire for a possible link to intestinal inflammation. Dr. Michael Greger put together a great video about carrageenan and its potential health consequences:
If you do have intestinal issues or carrageenan is just a concern for you, The Cornucopia Institute has a shopping list of carrageenan-free foods.
The NOSB voted 10 to 3 to sunset carrageenan, but the USDA will have the final word on carrageenan. Food industry groups are focusing on getting the USDA to reverse the NOSB decision.
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