I found this (below) on a "wisegeek" site. Carrageenan is very much like agar chemically -- so I can't see why it would be a problem -- as long as you avoid carrageenan processed for industrial use.
Health Concerns (from wisegeek): Several studies in the early 2000s suggested that a certain type of carrageenan — degraded carrageenan, which has been hydrolyzed, or broken down by acid — could cause gastrointestinal problems, including cancers. The degraded type is not typically used in food. In fact, only the undegraded variety has been deemed safe for human consumption by the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) and approved for use in foods by the Food and Drug Administration in the US.
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I have a packet of carageenan in my cupboard and use it occasionally as a thickener. It's very tame stuff. The idea that cargeenan could be responsible for a major wave of health problems is laughable. Oh She Blows.
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I had never heard of the ingredient carrageenan until Angela Lidden posted an article about it on her website www.ohsheglows.com this week. The Cornucopia Institute is a "non-profit organization which supports ecological principles and sustainable organic agriculture." I am having trouble finding the link to the article on carrageenan but the site is: www.cornucopia.org another article that I found interesting on the Cornucopia site was: www.cornucopia.org/who-owns-organic/
Edited by: BONIDALE at: 1/11/2013 (07:59)
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