I recently received a great question from one of my subscribers in response to my blog post: “Ingredient Profile #5: Carrageenan.” I was asked “Does carrageenan have any of the same negative inflammatory side effects when eaten in it’s natural form of seaweed?” The short answer to this question is “no.” In order to create the carrageenan that’s found inside dairy products like ice-cream, polysaccharides are removed from seaweed, and are then processed by manufacturers from around the globe (Guiry). To that end, the natural form of seaweed actually has multiple positive health effects, and contains many vitamins and minerals (Treasures). For example, seaweed offers B-vitamin folate, antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and calcium in vast quantities (Treasures). Interestingly, it has been noted by numerous scientists that in countries like Japan, where seaweed is a culinary staple, the society overall is less likely to have high rates of obesity, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease (Treasures). In America, I would venture to guess that the most common food that seaweed is found in is probably sushi, however, it’s very versatile and can add flavor to soups and salads as well.
I hope this helps to answer your question!
Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,
Guiry Michael. Seaweed. AlgaeBase, 2014. Web. 3 Jan. 2014. <http://www.seaweed.ie/uses_general/carrageenans.php>
“Treasures of the Sea Yield Natural Cures.” Tidal Greens. Oceanic Naturals, N.D. Web. 3 Jan. 2014. <http://www.tidalgreens.com/benefit.html>