Thyroid health is our main focus every day with a thyroid condition affecting our well-being every moment. When it comes to our diet we need to be very aware of the foods we eat in order not to support auto-immune and other problems that will disable us more.
ONE MORE FOOD ADDITIVE THAT’S CAUSING PROBLEMS
The newest new troublesome issue (it’s always something!) is an additive in our foods called carrageenan, pronounced car·ra·geen·an or car·ra·geen·in. In manufacturing, carrageenan derived from sea weed and red algae is used as a binder, thickening agent, and as a stabilizer in medications, foods, and toothpaste, to name a few. Carrageenan is also an ingredient in weight loss products.
RESEARCH: NEGATIVE AFFECTS OF CARRAGEENAN
Dr. Tobacman, author of 18 peer-reviewed studies on the biological effects of carrageenan, has shown ingesting foods containing carrageenan can cause inflammation, one of the most important things we need to stop in our bodies. In fact, drug developers used to administer carrageenan to cause tissue inflammation when testing the anti-inflammatory properties of new products.
As I’ve studied this issue, I’ve found out that this is in fact not such a new issue. Come to find out, whistle blowers on carrageenan have been trying to stop it for years. Dr. Andrew Weil has cautioned against the consumption of carrageenan for over a decade. “All forms of carrageenan side effects are capable of causing inflammation.” Inflammation is “a root cause” of a number of serious illnesses, and most all disease.
CARRAGEENAN AFFECTING MORE PEOPLE
According to some studies, rates of digestive diseases are rising—ranging from widespread digestive discomfort – belly bloat, spastic colon, Irritable Bowel Syndrome—to serious and sometimes life-threatening diseases such as ulcerative colitis and colon cancer.
For decades, scientists conducting laboratory animal experiments using the common food additive carrageenan have found higher rates of gastrointestinal inflammation, colitis-like disease, and even colon cancer.
WHERE YOU WILL FIND CARRAGEENAN
Carrageenan can be found in many foods, even foods labeled “natural” and “organic.”
It is widely used in
- dairy products
- chocolate milk
- whipping cream
- ice cream
- nonfat sour cream
- frozen dinners
- prepared poultry and cold cuts
- nutritional drinks
- and even infant formula
The foods that are most troublesome for us are alternative milk products:
- soy milk (but, don’t drink soy anyway)
- coconut milk
- and almond milk
READ THE LABEL
Always read the label. If you read carrageenan see if there is another option. I’ve found several almond milks without it now, one at SPROUTS grocery and another off brand. Unfortunately, they are not organic.
YOU HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR FOOD CHOICES
Don’t depend on the FDA to do it. In June 2012 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected a citizen petition by the nation’s preeminent publicly funded scientist and carrageenan expert, who formally requested that carrageenan be removed from our food supply.
Make your voice heard. Tell your grocery store to stop stocking their shelves with known problem foods and find non-carrageenan ones.
FOLLOW A THYROID CLEAN DIET
Find it here if you’ve not started and are suffering from the over 67 symptoms destroying your life.