Carrageenan is a commonly used food
additive that is extracted from red
seaweed by using powerful alkali
solvents. These solvents would remove
the tissues and skin from your hands
as readily as would powerful acids.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
never required testing on carrageenan
as a food additive because carrageenen
was first used long before the FDA was
established. Instead, FDA permits
carrageenan use by applying GRAS status
(Generally Recognized As Safe).
Carrageenan is a thickening agent used
in many foods including soymilk and
Carrageenan is the vegetarian equivalent
of casein, the protein that is isolated
from milk and used to thicken foods.
Carrageenan is the substance used to
de-ice frozen airplane wings during
Some folks can eat just about anything.
Some people might have no problem producing
a tall glass of homemade soymilk, then
converting it to chocolate milk by adding
the following ingredients: Three teaspoons
of sugar. One teaspoon of chocolate powder.
Two tablespoons of Vaseline petroleum jelly.
The Vaseline might produce gastric distress,
and the soymilk drinkers would erroneously
conclude that they are “allergic” to soy.
Some people do not experience gastric
discomfort caused by the Vaseline-like
food additive, carrageenan. Many people
Carrageenan is about as wholesome as
monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is
extracted from fermented molasses, and
can equally be considered natural.
Aspartame (NutraPoison) is also natural,
as it is extracted from decayed plant
matter that has been underground for
millions of years (oil). So too are
many other substances such as carrageenan
that can also be classified by FDA and
USDA as wholesome and natural food
Just because something comes from a
natural source does not mean that it
is safe. The often seen green under the
skin of aging potatoes contains a
Carrageenan is a gel. It coats the insides
of a stomach, like massage oil. Digestive
problems often ensue. Quite often, soy
eaters or soymilk drinkers react negatively
to carrageenen, and blame their discomforting
stomach aches on soy.
My advice: Read labels. If there is
carrageenan in a product, select an