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Why You Should Check Your Cheese, Creamer and Non-Dairy Milk Labels for This Scary Ingredient

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Carrageenan. You've heard about it. You've also probably avoided it. Possibly even feared it, perhaps? If you haven't heard of it, brace yourself: this food additive is linked to mild gastrointestinal problems and even permanent damage to the digestive


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Linda H (199)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 11:22 am
OH NO I love Almond milk! I guess I'll be more careful

Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 11:23 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 11:23 am
I like coconut milk and rice milk. The plant milks in general are still superior to bovine dairy products.

Renee M (11)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 11:46 am

Carrie B (306)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 1:13 pm
Thanks for the heads up Susan.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 2:30 pm
Thanks Susan--good to know but like Brian says...still non cows/goats milk is far healthier.

Animae C (506)
Saturday October 11, 2014, 4:26 pm
It's found in both dairy & non-dairy, i have neither, pays to always read labels.
Thanx for the info Susan

Athena F (131)
Sunday October 12, 2014, 1:10 pm
thank you

Jane H (139)
Sunday October 12, 2014, 1:44 pm
Thanks so much

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday October 12, 2014, 10:05 pm
Oh yes look this up it is seaweed and etc. it is an irritant for gastro problem's and you wonder why your stomach is upset?? Pays to read Label's
Thank you Susan

Lindsay K (6)
Monday October 13, 2014, 11:41 am
Noted - thanks for sharing

Elizabeth brown (20)
Monday October 13, 2014, 12:45 pm
noted as very important thank you very much for info

Brenda P (125)
Monday October 13, 2014, 1:04 pm
Thanks for the information. Noted and shared.

M B (62)
Monday October 13, 2014, 1:24 pm
Noted; always read the label ! Thanks.

Donna G (42)
Monday October 13, 2014, 1:27 pm
I don't use non-dairy anything. Carrageenan is in a lot of products. But, the thing to remember is that when you read a label and it lists carrageenan as one of the ingredients, count how far down the list it is. Ingredients are listed in order, by weight. The ingredient that provides the most weight is listed first. The ingredient that provides the least weight is listed last. If Carrageenan is listed near the bottom of the list, chances are there's not enough to cause a problem, especially if you are not having problems with the product to begin with.

If you have a pet that eats canned pet food, check the ingredients list. Many pet foods also contain carrageenan. Of course, if your pet has been eating the same thing for a long time with no problems, why change?


Joanne D (38)
Monday October 13, 2014, 1:53 pm
It's something I've been cooking and baking with for around 25 years due to food allergies. Soy being one of my food allergies, I would much rather have carrageenan than soy lecithin, another common emulsifier. Of course that wouldn't be true for everyone. Seaweed is a dietary staple in many parts of the world, and I personally tolerate most of it better than I tolerate iceberg lettuce. This also would not be true for anyone. But, as long as it isn't GMO, and as long as you don't have any adverse reactions to it, I wouldn't worry about it.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Monday October 13, 2014, 1:54 pm
Thank you

Birgit W (160)
Monday October 13, 2014, 2:18 pm

James Maynard (84)
Monday October 13, 2014, 3:00 pm

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday October 13, 2014, 5:01 pm
Noted. Thank you for the information. I use Silk almond milk on my steel cut oats every morning.

Linda H (199)
Monday October 13, 2014, 5:39 pm
I also prefer Silk but I sent my sent my son and he came back with what you see in the pic.IT DOES NOT agree! TOOT! TOOT! How embarrassing.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday October 13, 2014, 7:51 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting this info, Susan.

Sheila D (194)
Monday October 13, 2014, 7:53 pm
Thanks for the info convert to non-dairy and having problems choosing the things that will also taste good.

Charlene Rush (79)
Sunday October 19, 2014, 9:29 pm
Gee, another ingredient I have to look for.
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