Possible driving factor for cancer, especially colorectal

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Possible driving factor for cancer, especially colorectal

by drayco_ on Sat Aug 10, 2013 05:47 AM

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Does a food you consume have this additive in it? If it does, you shouldn't consume it anymore. It's in a lot of "Certified Organic Foods" so you have to be careful. It's been used for several years to test anti-inflammatory drugs because of the predictable inflammatory response this additive has. It's been shown to cause all kinds of inflammation, cancers, and other diseases in animal studies. It's called carrageenan and it's in a lot of stuff. Blue Diamond Almond Milk and other ?#‎bluediamond? products, something that I use to drink a lot of because of the companies misleading and false claims, ?#‎Orgain?, and many many others. You have to look at the ingredients of the foods you're consuming. I was guilty of it but then I learned. Please don't believe me though. Do your own research and find out for yourself. Here's a link to a petition to have it removed. Sign if you want, but definitely read the information on the petition.

http://www.cornucopia.org/carrageenan-2013/

Research links the controversial food ingredient carrageenan to gastrointestinal inflammation, including higher rates of colon cancer, in laboratory animals.

Yet it is still found in many foods, including some certified organic foods.

Cornucopia’s report, Carrageenan: How a “Natural” Food Additive is Making Us Sick, compiles scientific studies pointing to harm from consuming food-grade carrageenan.

Why is Carrageenan in Organic Food?
At the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board meeting in May 2012, Dr. Joanne Tobacman, a physician-scientist at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and the nation’s foremost independent expert on carrageenan, presented her research and urged the NOSB to remove carrageenan from organic foods.

The carrageenan trade lobby group fought back hard, and found allies in companies like Group Danone (Stonyfield), CROPP (Organic Valley), Dean Foods (Horizon and Silk), Hain Celestial (Earth’s Best, Rice Dream and Westsoy) and Smucker’s (Santa Cruz Organics and R.W. Knudsen).

Their lobbyists convinced enough corporate-friendly NOSB members, including employees of Whole Foods, Organic Valley and Driscoll’s, to ignore the disturbing findings of dozens of independently funded and peer-reviewed studies, including several that found higher rates of colon cancer in lab animals given a diet containing food-grade carrageenan.

For decades, most organic food companies considered the seaweed-based “natural” food additive to be safe. The carrageenan industry lobby group had been effective in suppressing research. But since May 2012, no one in the organic industry can claim that they are not aware of disturbing research tying the food additive to serious potential health problems.

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