Carrageenan With Dextrose
Carrageenan is a natural carbohydrate obtained from edible red seaweeds. Carrageenan supposedly non-toxic is found in any processed foods including infant formulas. Carrageenan is utilized in processed foods as a thickener and stabilizer. It renders the food more palatable and appealing through interaction with other substances in the food.1 Scientists studied carrageenan for decadesÂ and revealed that it could induce carcinogenic effects on health. The European Commissionâ€™s Scientific Committee on Food recommended that a safe level of carrageenan in foods should not exceed 5%, and reiterated the prohibition of this ingredient in infant formulas2. However, in the U.S, even after recognizing the potential harms of carrageenan, the FDA still authorizes its use in processed food and infant formulas. The FDA affirms that the amount used in foods is relatively safe.3 Carrageenan often contains MSG. MSG or Monosodium Glutamate is a chemical compound used as a taste enhancer. MSG has been claimed to lead to side effects such as headaches, dizziness, eye damage, fatigue, and disorientation, or depression. Besides its numerous side effects, MSG is deemed a safe ingredient by the FDA. It is, therefore, allowed in foods. Sources: 1. Prajapat VD, Maheriya MP, Jani KG, Solanki. KH. Carrageenan: A natural seaweed polysaccharide and its applications. Carbohydrate Polymers. 2014; 105:97â€“112. doi:10.1016/j.carbpol.2014.01.067 2. The European Commissionâ€™s Scientific Committee on Food. Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Food on Carrageenan. http://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/docs/labelling_nutrition-special_groups_food-children-out164_en.pdf. Published March, 2013. Â Accessed February 26th, 2016U.S. 3. Food and Drug Administration. Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Opinion: Carrageenan. Updated February 2015. Accessed February 26th, 2016.