February 25, 2017

Have you consumed foods with carrageenan? You might be surprised at the number of foods that contain the red seaweed-based additive. It’s used for various factors including its gelatin-like texture when processed and bonding properties for chocolate milk and other products.

 

However, one of the main issues as when selecting other foods is how safe it is. In fact, you might have read articles and other sources on the Internet that mention that the product is unhealthy.

 

The problem with those sources is that there are some serious issues related to them. For example, many of the bad reviews were based on a review published in 2001. You shouldn’t worry because a World Health Organization committee of the United Nations has debunked that study recently.

 

The group concluded that there shouldn’t be any concerned about consuming the seaweed-based additive. It conclude that consuming up to a particular daily amount of the product is indeed safe and doesn’t represent a health issues. The exact figure wasn’t mentioned but what’s important is that the UN group concluded that the food additive doesn’t represent any health risks.

 

The 2001 study actually re-evaluated a study of the plant-based food that had started in 1998. It was conducted by Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JFCFA). The independent multi-national body includes scientists and operates under the UN and WHO.

 

The group that reviewed the food additive included universities and government agencies from various countries. That included the US, UK, Canada, France, Japan, Australia, and others. The scientists specifically studied the effects of humans ingesting the seaweed-based food.

 

The scientists considered various issues in their studies. Some included metabolism, toxicity, and other matters. There was even a 7.5-year feeding study. It also studied issues related to cell production and others.

 

The JECFA report also found that drinking up to about 58 gallons of chocolate milk per day worth of carrageenan wouldn’t cause colon problems in humans.

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