Most people do have this thought that carrageenan is harmful and unsafe to use for everyone. Thanks to all the information circulating online it can be dubbed as such. Few of these articles are misinforming the public and create a stigma or fear regarding the use of such substance. To help you clear your mind about your idea about carrageenan dangers, there are one thing to remember – it’s poligeenan that is harmful and not carrageenan per se.
Poligeenan, known as, degraded carrageenan undergoes a rigorous process that requires it to be in an acidic bath, at 194 degrees F. Can you imagine putting in a substance like this into your body? The thought of doing so is already scary. How much more when it is done and taken in the body? For sure, it hurts a person’s health.
Carrageenan used as a food additive is safe. Why? This substance undergoes a gentle process. All it takes is to extract it straight from the seaweed. It does not undergo a vigorous process that involves an acid bath.
Do take note that most of the foods that are being sold on the market do contain carrageenan. Can you imagine what do these foods taste like if this substance has not been used as a food additive?
When such substance is taking in food portions, it is safe. However, when it comes to taking it in as medicinal portions, there lies the red flag. Why? It’s poligeenan that has been used. Therefore, it is advisable to talk to a doctor about your illness. Never attempt to self-medicate yourself and make use of a degraded carrageenan. Why? This is harmful to your body. The damage that it can cause might lead to further complication. So, be careful. Do remember the two types and not be confused between the two.