VIROQUA, Wisconsin., September 29, 2021 / PRNewswire / – A problematic ingredient backed by a well-oiled PR machine has found its place: Fed Up Eaters.
Mobilized for a decade by The Cornucopia Institute, organic food buyers have bombarded customer services with requests to remove carrageenan, a controversial inflammation-related ingredient, from their organic products. Their argument: a highly processed synthetic additive harmful to human health has nothing to do with organic.
Cornucopia has long compiled scientific studies that raise concerns about food grade carrageenan. Since the publication of Cornucopia’s initial report in 2013, several companies, including Stonyfield Organic, Organic Valley, and Eden Foods, have removed carrageenan from their products.
Using the Cornucopia update Buying Guide to Avoid Carrageenan in Organic Foods, buyers can support brands that meet their expectations or abandon brands that don’t. The guide includes contact details for brands that use carrageenan and encourages consumers to push them to reformulate.
“When enough eaters speak up, brands listen,” says Marie Burcham, Cornucopia Policy Director. “While carrageenan is increasingly common in processed foods, its presence in organic foods is declining. Advocacy really works. “
Brands love carrageenan as an inexpensive thickener and for its “mouth feel”. But carrageenan poses a serious health risk. Thousands of cell and animal experiments, as well as over 2,500 complaints from people who use Cornucopia’s research, indicate that carrageenan causes inflammation.
And it’s almost impossible to avoid: grab your favorite brand of ice cream. Because carrageenan can be used as a processing aid, it is not always listed in the ingredients.
Although many people are not significantly affected by carrageenan, it causes severe distress in people prone to gastrointestinal problems.
Gayle Sudit identified carrageenan as the culprit for its own gastrointestinal issues after reading Cornucopia’s research.
“Within 24 hours of removing carrageenan from my diet, I found relief from my ulcerative colitis symptoms. When I accidentally ingested it since then, my symptoms returned.”
Sudit is committed to making this “nasty emulsifier” known. She says, “Whenever someone forgoes products that contain carrageenan or prefers brands that do not contain it, this shopper sends the message that consumers expect more from the industry. Together, we can have a collective impact on how companies formulate their products. “
Read Gayle Sudit’s story.
Learn more about Cornucopia’s ongoing carrageenan investigation.
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SOURCE The Cornucopia Institute