According to research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), carrageenan poses serious health risks. Carrageenan is a vegetarian and vegan alternative to gelatin that is used as a stabilizer and thickening agent and fat substitute. Studies have shown that carrageenan has adverse effects on the gastrointestinal system and can lead to a variety of conditions, including colon cancer. According to the Cornucopia Institute, “(i)ndividuals suffering from chronic gastrointestinal symptoms have reported that their symptoms disappeared when they cut carrageenan out of their diets.”
Concerns about health hazards from the inclusion of degraded carrageenan in food, are prompting calls for the removal of it from acceptable ingredients inorganic foods.
You can find a free guide to avoiding carrageenan in organic foods on Cornucopia’s website.