What Is It? A Look at Strange-Sounding Ingredients in Your Food (Page 2)

What Is Carageenan?

What Is Carageenan? (kar-ə-gē-nən)

Typically Found In: Nondairy milks, ice creams, salad dressings
What We Discovered: This natural thickener and emulsifier is made from seaweed. Some scientists say our stomach acid transforms it into an inflammatory toxin. In fact, carrageenan that’s been broken down by acid is used in labs to induce inflammation. Others have found no cause for alarm and the FDA considers carrageenan safe.

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