For a while now I’ve been hearing buzz about Carrageenan-free almond milk so I decided to make sure the brands I buy exclude this ingredient. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure why Carrageenan is considered “unhealthy” until my future sister-in-law asked me what it actually is. I felt a bit stupid when I told her that I actually don’t know. So often we hear about what’s considered healthy vs. unhealthy and we’re so quick to jump on the bandwagon of the latest fad without doing any research. I’m totally guilty of this so I decided to do my due diligence before deciding I should rule Carrageenan out of
What is Carrageenan?
Carrageen is derived from red algae and considered a “natural” ingredient by many. Although it doesn’t add flavor or any nutritional value to food, it’s often used as a binding ingredient
Why can Carrageenan be considered bad?
Although it can be considered a “natural” ingredient, Carrageenan has been quite controversial over the years. In the late ’60s, it was used as a laxative and it’s also known for causing inflammation. Over the years, health authorities have gone back and forth with their decisions regarding this ingredient and it’s still currently in debate. Ultimately, it’s been directly linked to gastrointestinal problems and inflammation, which alone can cause many other health conditions and diseases. Many studies have proved that it can be toxic to the digestive
Why it’s best to avoid Carrageenan?
After reading various articles about Carrageenan, I’ve decided that for myself, I’m going to avoid this ingredient as much as possible. For me to feel my best both physically and mentally, I need my gut to be healthy and anything that causes inflammation or affects my digestion I stay far away from. Inflammation can lead to many other health complications and can have a negative impact on your body. Considering that it has no added health benefits and zero
A lot of companies are now making an effort to include “Carrageenan-free” labels on many of their products so it can be easily identified. I now look for this label on nut milk and was surprised to see how many brands are calling this out.