There’s a substance in milks, cheeses, etc. that thickens it and helps keep it from separating. The problem is that it causes inflammation, which can cause cancer, stomach issues, and more. It can even cause your skin to age faster!
The good thing is it’s easy to avoid once you know about it. Here’s a great shopping guide to help you avoid this inflammatory and unhealthy substance: http://www.cornucopia.org/shopping-guide-to-avoiding-organic-foods-with-carrageenan/
Why should you avoid it?
“Over the years Dr. Tobacman has published 18 peer-reviewed studies that address the biological effects of carrageenan and is convinced that it is harmful to human health. In April 2012, she addressed the National Organic Standards Board on this issue and urged reconsideration of the use of carrageenan in organic foods.
In her presentation, Dr. Tobacman said that her research has shown that exposure to carrageenan causes inflammation and that when we consume processed foods containing it, we ingest enough to cause inflammation in our bodies. She explained that all forms of carrageenan are capable of causing inflammation. This is bad news. We know that chronic inflammation is a root cause of many serious diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and cancer.
Dr. Tobacman also told the board that in the past, drug investigators actually used carrageenan to cause inflammation in tissues in order to test the anti-inflammatory properties of new drugs. And she reported further that when laboratory mice are exposed to low concentrations of carrageenan for 18 days, they develop “profound” glucose intolerance and impaired insulin action, both of which can lead to diabetes.”