A reader asks the following question:
“I’ve been using almond milk in a box. One of the ingredients is carrageenan. What is it? Is it safe?”
Carrageenan – An Additive
Based on the research, my position is that choosing products with carrageenan depends on where you are on the your health continuum. It may cause mild to moderate adverse effects for your health, but it’s considered safe since there’s inadequate safety data available. If you feel the advantages of using a product with carrageenan outweigh the potential risks, then try it. If you have a history of intestinal issues or a family history of cancer, I would be cautious.
I do think it’s telling that some manufacturers are choosing to remove it from their products and that carrageenan is not considered safe for infants. Perhaps some of these companies know more about what the FDA will be telling us in the future.