Toxin Talk: Carrageenan

Friday, May 12, 2017

Welcome back to our Toxin Talk series! Today we are going to be talking about a dangerous additive called Carrageenan. Carrageenan can be found in a lot of things at the grocery store, and it's even allowed in organic food!

Carrageenan is used as a thickening agent most commonly found in milk products, especially nut milks, along with things like yogurts, ice cream, processed foods, formulas and things like nutritional shakes or protein drinks. Not only is carrageenan found in food, but bath and body products as well. doTERRA's toothpaste and softgels have carrageenan in them which I am really saddened by. A lot of doTERRA customers have voiced their concerns, but doTERRA's response was simply that because carrageenan comes from a "natural source" and is "GRAS" (we learned about that in our last Toxin Talk), it is safe to consume. Sorry doTERRA, but you're WRONG!

Carrageenan is derived from seaweed, but that does NOT make it a natural ingredient. Because it has to be processed in order to turn into carrageenan, that makes it a man-made ingredient. Carrageenan is indigestible and has zero nutritional value. Joanne Tobacman, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Chicago, has studied the toxic affects of carrageenan for over 20 years. Tobacman has found that carrageenan is destructive to the digestive system and when consumed, triggers an "immune response similar to that your body has when invaded by pathogens like Salmonella."

Her studies have found that Carrageenan causes a wide range of digestive problems along with the development of diabetes, as well as ulcers and cancerous tissue growth. When carrageenan is exposed to stomach acid, it becomes a carcinogen. When we consume Carrageenan, it promotes gut immflamuation which is bad, bad, bad! Inflammation and gut related illnesses are dangerously on the rise and I have no doubt that toxins like Carrageenan are a part of the cause. Carrageenan is quite literally wreaking havoc on our insides. 

We can avoid carrageenan by reading our labels and remembering that just because something is organic or "natural", doesn't mean it's carrageenan free. Carrageenan legally has to be listed as "carrageenan" on the ingredients label, no funny business. So read your labels- you have a right to know the truth about what's going into your body! 


  1. Tobacman's studies have been disproved.

    1. Any scientist's study can be "disproved" if it's damaging to the government or food industries profits by the people being aware about it. Many studies that are disproved are done so to protect the FDA. Scientists are paid or threatened to retract their studies, or other scientists are paid to lie about "facts" that "disprove" other studies. Even so, there have been many, many studies besides Tobacman's studies proving the dangers of carrageenan. There's no proof that it's safe, and plenty proof that it's not.


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