In April 2012, University of Illinois medical researcher, Joanne Tobacman, testified before the National Organic Standard Board about the harmful effects of carrageenan.
Over the years, Tobacman published 18 peer-reviewed studies linking carrageenan to increased inflammation, gastrointestinal issues, and cancer.
found that mice consuming carrageenan were more likely to develop glucose intolerance, gastrointestinal ulcerations, and even gastrointestinal malignancies.
claimed that carrageenan has been used by drug researchers for the specific purpose of producing inflammation in mice for anti-inflammatory drug studies.
As most people are now well-aware, the medical community considers inflammation a contributing factor in serious health problems like autoimmune diseases and cancer.
Despite Tobacmanâ€™s testimony, carrageenan remains on the National Organic Standard Boardâ€™s list of approved ingredients.
In 2008, Tobacman
submitted a petition to the Food and Drug Administration
which cited more than a decade of her
research on the harmful effects of carrageenan and requested that carrageenan be banned as a food additive for human consumption.
According to Joanne Tobacman
, carrageenan is also found in most condensed milk; so any product containing condensed milk might also contain carrageenan, even if it is not explicitly stated on the label.