Do You Take Your Milk WITH or WithOUT Carrageenan?




A heads up!  If you drink almond milk, you may (no, you DEFINITELY) want to check the ingredients to be sure that carrageenan is NOT listed on there!  If you already know this, stop reading here.  But if you don’t, you must know this because it is such a harmful additive and it can SO easily be avoided!
Carrageenan is used as an emulsifier and thickener in many products.  It is derived from seaweed and you’d think that would make it safe, however it causes bleeding and ulcers and has been shown to have a link to gastrointestinal cancers.  Concerns with carrageenan date back to the 1960’s when research linked the ingredient to gastrointestinal diseases in lab animals, including ulcerative colitis, intestinal lesions, and colon cancer.  Drug investigators used to utilize carrageenan to actually CAUSE inflammation in tissues so that they could test the anti-inflammatory properties of their new drugs.  So is this something you should be ingesting daily in your morning coffee or cereal, OR giving to your children?

You must read ingredients!  Even organic brands like Pacific uses this in it’s products.  And Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods products – you guessed it…..have carrageenan in SO MANY of the products they sell.  Just to drive home this point even more, please read below, a cut-and-paste quote from a clinical medicine MD:

“Carrageenan exposure clearly causes inflammation; the amount of carrageenan in food products is sufficient to cause inflammation; and degraded carrageenan and food-grade carrageenan are both harmful,” says Dr. Joanne Tobacman, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. In other words, we simply don’t know if any amount of carrageenan can be considered safe.

“The rising incidence and prevalence of ulcerative colitis across the globe is correlated with the increased consumption of processed foods, including products containing carrageenan,” says Dr. Stephen Hanauer, MD, Chief, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and Joseph B. Kirsner, Professor of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Chicago School of Medicine.

So there you have it.  Read labels and KNOW what to avoid.  FYI: The milk pictured in this blog is WITHOUT carrageenan.

One more thing to avoid, while we’re on the topic (sort of! 🙄 )  Avoid….. Yeast Extract!  If you see this on the ingredient list, just know you’re eating MSG.  And that is a whole other host of serious, serious issues!  Companies have sneaky names for things to get it in our food without our knowledge.  READ LABELS and know what to look for!  I’ll be doing more blogs on this because information and knowledge is our best defense in arming us against food companies who’s bottom line is THEIR bottom line!

Next blog in about a week.  I got some busy stuff….. 😎

Have a great week!  xoxxoxo 😉





6 thoughts on “Do You Take Your Milk WITH or WithOUT Carrageenan?”

  1. Could they hide it in there under a different name? I drink silk light vanilla almond milk and that is not listed in my ingredients.

    1. Carrageenan is listed as carrageenan. If you don’t see it listed, it’s not in there. MSG is a different story altogether though. It goes by many different names! Yeast extract, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Textured Vegetable Protein, Anything hydrolyzed, Any hydrolyzed protein, Calcium Caseinate, Sodium Caseinate, Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate – to name a few. It’s in so many things which pisses me off because I’d like to avoid it due to ITS dangers. But again, carrageenan goes by it’s name.

      1. Then the silk seems like a good choice. Also says no Dairy, soy, gluten, eggs, casein, msg.

        1. Yes. I’ve found Silk to be a good choice but READ ingredients. Caseine – SO BAD!!! Usually if it’s non-dairy, it is Caseine free, but not always. So that is definitely another ingredient to avoid! It’ll list that too if it is in there. Caseine is also very bad

  2. I am still so disturbed by this information. You think you’re eating healthy and then you find out not only are you not, you could be harming you and your family. I use Almond Breeze, which I buy by the case from Costco and now I have to dump it all! Is there a list of common harmful ingredients we can keep on hand to look out for? It also brings me to a couple questions I have been meaning to ask you. First is soy/ tofu. Is it bad for you really? Also, what is the deal with these Quest nutrition bars? Some of them contain sucralose and some don’t, but I have read that the protein in them is harmful. Every time I turn around someone else is telling me their trainer or nutrition coach is recommending them. I try to get the majority of my nutrition from real food, however, protein bars come in handy when your on the go and need to fuel your body.

    1. I LOVE this question! I’m going to do a blog on this topic. I TOO am disturbed how harmful ingredients are hidden in SO MANY foods that we think are healthy. Even foods sold at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have ingredients in there that …… suck! I was SO disturbed to find the miso ginger veggie broth I’d been getting at Trader Joe’s has yeast extract. That’s code for MSG – and I LOVE to use veggie broth to sauté veggies (instead of oil). (And practically every bouillon cube out there has MSG!) You really have to read everything and KNOW what to look for. You can get crazy for sure though, so I caution you. You will be SO PISSED when you learn about all of the chemicals and bad shit that our government ALLOWS food companies to sneak into our foods to cut corners. It’s scary and there are movements constantly fighting them. Lobbyists have the ears of our elected officials and pay the big bucks to get them elected – so the battle has to be US voting with our dollars. Kay, next blog is totally addressing this!!!!

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