Carrageenan Hidden in Many Foods like Ensure, Slim Fast and Ice Cream
Posted Dec 26 2010 9:21pm
If your goals for 2011 include becoming sick and fat, be sure to pick up a case of Slim Fast.
It is loaded withsugar and artificial sweeteners(sugar, maltodextrin, dextrose, aspartame),MSGor compounds that act like/contain/convert into MSG (maltodextrin, carrageenan, artificial flavor),inflammatory oils(sunflower oil) and boatloads of cheap vitamins that are poorly absorbed.
Take a can of coke plus a Flintstone vitamin and you'll be doing the same thing to your body.
Ensure("Each bottle of #1 doctor recommended Ensure is a source of complete, balanced nutrition." ... uh, yeah, right.)
Ensure is just as bad as Slim Fast with the top ingredients including: water, sugar, maltodextrin and corn syrup.
Slim Fast and Ensure are just two of the harmful sugar-chemical drinks that are being sold today at premium prices.
Each can of Slim Fast has 7 tsp of sugar. Each can of Ensure has 8 tsp of sugar.
See below for my green smoothie recipe if you want to drink something delicious and full of nutrients.
I want to highlight for you an extremely harmful ingredient, carrageenan, that is showing up in many foods today, even baby formula and some organic cream.
This ingredient is found in ice cream, salad dressing, baked goods, dairy products, Ensure and Slim Fast.
Carrageenan is a food additive that is derived from seaweed, also known as Irish Moss.
Although this sounds like it is healthy, because sea vegetables can be healthy, carrageenan is not healthy. Quite the opposite is true.
“Carrageenan, commonly used in ice cream and baked goods, is an especially powerful promoter of cancer growth and spread.” Russell Blaylock, MD and neurosurgeon.
Carrageenan is a gelatin or a gum used to thicken foods like ice cream, syrup, cream (even some organic cream), marshmallow fluff. It acts as a texturizer or emulsifier in other foods. It is used to de-ice airplanes.
Joanne Tobacman is a researcher from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, who discovered that carrageenan causes cancer in the gut.
There are two types of carrageenan, "degraded" and "undegraded" and Tobacman says that both are associated with cancer and stomach problems.
Human studies show that both types lead to human cancers and digestive disorders because enzymes and bacteria in the gut convert one form, undegraded to the more dangerous form, degraded.
There may also be a connection to breast cancer.
Dr. Tobacman's findings were published in the October 2001 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a branch of the National Institutes of Health.
As always, we need to read labels, read labels, read labels!
Add carrageenan to the list of ingredients to be avoided.
Maybe you don't want to give up everything that carrageenan is in, like Almond Milk (you can make your own!) or some organic lunchmeat, but at least reduce it as much as possible by buying brands that don't use artificial ingredients or carrageenan.
You will find carrageenan in:
Soy milk, like Silk
Almond milk, like Almond Breeze
Whipping cream, cream topping
Baby formulas like Similac and Enfamil
Pudding mixes including Jello Pudding & Pie Filling