Are you eating the proven carcinogenic (Cancer causing) food additive, Carrageenan?
Chances are yes, and you don't even realize it because it's everywhere in our food supply.
What is Carrageenan, anyway?
Well, it's a derivative from seaweed that's processed with an alkaline solution and then used for "gelling" and stabilizing food products.
It's used as a thickener in countless items, such as dairy products, sauces, soups, and packaged foods of all kinds.
Ingredients: Heavy Cream, Skim Milk, Mono and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan.
Considering the cancer causing properties of degraded carrageenan in animal models, and the cancer-promoting effects of food grade carrageenan, the widespread use of it is deeply unsettling.
In fact, in all of human history, it's never been a food humans ate.....until now. That alone, should give us pause.
In scientific studies over the last 30 years it has been shown to cause:
Large bowel ulceration
Fetal toxicity & birth defects
Glucose intolerance and insulin resistance
Promoting the growth of abnormal colon glands, which are precursors to polyps
The Cornucopia Institute stated:
“Animal studies have repeatedly shown that food-grade carrageenan causes gastrointestinal inflammation and higher rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and even malignant tumors."
Carrageenan is banned in Europe, although the FDA seems unconcerned with it being used in large amounts in our food.
They claim that up to 5% of it's safe, but there is no way of knowing how much is in your food; especially when you're eating multiple items per day that likely contain carrageenan.
Besides, do you want to eat a food that has to be tracked to avoid going over the 5% limit and causing cancer?
Not to mention; this 5% number completely disregards or ignores the must vulnerable....... anyone with poor health, autoimmune disease, and lowered immune systems who are all likely to have permeable guts (leaky gut).
In fact, for anyone with less than perfect health, there is likely to be inflammation from anything we can't digest (even if another person can eat it, seemingly unharmed).
The Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (formed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization) advised against the continued use of carrageenan, and it was recently removed from the National List of approved additives in organic food.
However, it's very common for there to be a 20 year gap between the time research comes to light and a corresponding change in the marketplace, so it's not really surprising that despite clear evidence of increased risk of inflammation and cancer ....... it's still being used everywhere.
Many bloggers and journalist participate in this problem by spreading mass misinformation either because of bias, or ignorance (by not doing their research) and will claim it's safe simply because the FDA has allowed it.
But as anyone who actually takes the time to look at the evidence will see; it's very damning.
Carrageenan is not a health food, adds no flavor or nutrition and at best, it simply allows food manufactures to produce lower quality foods which impair nutrient absorption and send you running to the toilet.
Simply eat real food, not isolated compounds that exist solely to increase sales for the food industry.
Often, when food products are made in a lab, we cause biological reactions that could never be predicted based on the components of the original food source.
Time and time again, we see health catastrophes arising because nutrition and safety are overlooked when the primary objective is to simply to make food cheaper, and longer-lasting.
So, don't ask for cheaper food; ask for better food.
Think of it this way; would you rather the food be long-lasting, or YOU?
And don't be fooled by the claims that carrageenan is just seaweed, or that it's "all-natural", and therefore safe.
For one; the word "natural' has long been corrupted by the food industry, but two; there's a fundamental difference between an isolated compound, and it's originating source.
For instance.....Cocaine is simply an isolated compound from an all-natural source; the coca leaf.
The source and the end product are nothing alike.
And not to be the bearer of bad news, but there's now over 10,000 additives approved by the FDA in our food, so carrageenan is actually just one of many food safety problems.
The good news:
The solution to all this is actually very simple......just eat what nature's already made available to us, such as whole proteins, veggies and fruits.
Avoid engineered, processed, packaged foods whenever possible and focus on real, whole foods.