Per Healthline, carrageenan is a thickening agent extracted from red seaweed and used in a variety of food products. While food-grade carrageenan has been determined to be safe, some research has suggested the substance can react with stomach acid to form poligeenan, a possible human carcinogen, per Medical News Today.
Carrageenan, taken from red seaweed, is commonly used as an emulsifying and thickening agent in foods. Typically, carrageenan can be found in non-dairy milks, meat products, and yogurt. A few studies have linked the consumption of carrageenan to health problems such as inflammation, bloating, colon cancer and glucose intolerance. If mild inflammation is left untreated, an individual can develop inflammatory bowel syndrome, arthritis, tendonitis and gallbladder inflammation.
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