Carrageenan, Is It Safe?

“Carrageenans or carrageenins are a family of linear sulphated polysaccharides that are extracted from red edible seaweeds. They are typically used in the food industry, for their gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties.” -Wikipedia

Carrageenan is also know as Chondrus crispus, which is popularly known as Irish moss. It is well known to be used in many food products, including vegan, organic, and “natural” products such as ice cream, yogurt, soy milk and cheeses (dairy and non dairy sources). It is very important to know that while carrageenans come from a natural source, it has no nutrional value and causes inflammation (and potentially cancer) throughout the body.

“Although derived from a natural source, it appears to be particularly destructive to the digestive system, triggering an immune response similar to that your body has when invaded by pathogens like Salmonella. The result: “It predictably causes inflammation, which can lead to ulcerations and bleeding,” explains veteran researcher Joanne Tobacman, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Chicago. Clinical studies done on mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice all showed a connection between carrageenan and colon cancer.
In a study that was done at Wakabayashi, it was said that “Degraded carrageenan derived from the red seaweed Eucheuma spinosum was given to Sprague—Dawley rats through the diet, in drinking water or by stomach tube for up to 24 months. Carrageenan-induced squamous cell carcinomas, adenocarcinomas and adenomas in the colorectum were observed.

Some rats had metastases to the regional lymph nodes of squamous cell carcinomas. These results show that degraded carrageenan is carcinogenic to the colorectum of the rat.” While carrageenan is not an animal product, it is important to know that in order for the body to function properly, we must give it the proper nutrients needed daily. Therefore, anything labeled as a food additive that has no nutrional value should not be consumed.

“In order to be fitted for translation, the people of God must know themselves. They must understand in regard to their own physical frames, that they may be able with the psalmist to exclaim, “I will praise Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” They should ever have the appetite in subjection to the moral and intellectual organs. The body should be servant to the mind, and not the mind to the body.”

Genobia Simpson

Genobia Simpson

Genobia is a wife and mother, and her duty has always been in the kitchen. But now, as the Lord has given her a greater understanding of what it means to live a healthy lifestyle, she is able to supply nutritious meals and natural remedies (when necessary) for her family. She now has a great passion to share this wonderful truth with others who may not know where to start, how to prepare simple plant-based recipes, how to avoid sickness/diseases, and how to apply natural remedies.

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— Ellen G. White, Manuscript 49, 1897