Prevention “ The Natural Ingredient You Should Ban from Your Diet”

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April 30, 2013

By Leah Zerbe

Sometimes eating something natural isn’t good for you.

Many food manufacturers, even some makers of commercial organic foods, are adding “carrageenan” to foods like yogurt, chocolate, soymilk, and even ice cream to give the foods a thicker consistency and to make low-fat versions taste fuller. Derived from red seaweed, it’s often added to beverages to keep their ingredients from separating; you’ll find it in many nutritional shakes, milk products, and milk replacements. The ingredient even crops up in certain frozen dinners, soups, and commercial broth products. The problem: carrageenan could be causing inflammation, gut irritation, and even cancer.

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