Carrageenan as an ingredient has been used in organic, milk and other products as well as for its medicinal use from hundreds of years and all world bodies of food standards in all major countries of the world find it safe. The medicinal use of it is recommended with safety and precautions in certain conditions such as in pregnancy and breast feeding, blood clotting.
However, for its use as in general and domestic products as a constituent is safe and no harm from its daily use are found in human beings
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Since Carrageenan has no nutritional aspect or value, its use should be avoided. It is not a food substance but an additive meant for
- Texture of the product
- Increasing shelf life and food preservation
Carrageenan is approved for human consumption and all studies on consumption of it have found it safe for humans.
Carrageenan cancer in animals
Poligeenan, which is totally and altogether different substance has been found to be harmful and unsafe for human beings and hence it is not used in foods. All the studies on animals have been conducted with regard to Poligeenan and carrageenan.
A clinical study conducted among that rodents which were fed daily with intake of 5% carrageenan aqueous solution were found to be having some chances of colon metaplasis during a period of two years.
There has been no studies conducted on humans, but clinical studies have been conducted on mice, rabbits, rodents, guinea pigs and mice and they show some connection of carrageenan and colon cancer with such a huge intake of carragenan daily.
All the studies vary by type of animal, methodology and material tested. Many of studies on animals have employed flawed use of carrageenan, including ingesting or injecting rather than feeding as a food ingredient.
There have been cellular studies of carrageenan cancer on its effects of human cells from different organs that carrageenan can not even reach because carrageenan is totally excreted in full when it is consumed with food as an ingredient.
The purpose of clinical studies on animals has no co-relation with human intake. Moreover, such studies have been carried out with the mere intention of its all out use by animals. The chances of cancer increase among animals because of no care for side effects.
The unbiased truth is that human consumption in its form and ingredient whether for food, dairy or medicine or other domestic products have not at all any co-relation even in the remotest way with cancer.