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What is Carrageenan? Ingredients, Definition, Health and Use

Carrageenan is a type of food additive common in many processed foods. Carrageenan is an extract from a certain species of red seaweed. It is used primarily as a thickening agent for the purpose of producing correct textures in numerous processed foods and products. It is present in such products as ice cream, condensed milk, beer, and shampoo. Carrageenan has been reported to have certain potential health risks including damage to gastrointestinal tracts and the digestive system in the form of ulcers and other tissue damage. While these reports have not been fully confirmed, you may wish to take them under advisement.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. The above-mentioned food or ingredient may have related health risks not mentioned or not yet discovered. Consult with a medical or nutritional professional for more information.

by Susan White on Tue, 05/11/2010 - 02:40

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