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  1. Tweets that mention Is it ‘So Delicious’? If so, tell me what the heck is “carrageenan”? | Fitness Town -- Topsy.com

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Arlen Quashie and Jason Minion, Health4YourLife. Health4YourLife said: Is it ‘So Delicious’? If so, tell me what the heck is “carrageenan”?: I saw this new product today in Whole Foods… http://bit.ly/dd6q6K [...]

  2. Gail Davis for So Delicious Dairy Free
    Gail Davis for So Delicious Dairy Free October 22, 2010 at 10:11 am |

    Hi Geoff! There seems to be a great deal of confusion about carrageenan, a natural polysaccharide (carbohydrate) extracted from red seaweed. The confusion arises because there are two types of carrageenan: Undegraded (food-grade) and degraded (hydrolyzed with acid). Undegraded carrageenan has been used on a huge scale in food production worldwide since the 1930s, and its safety has been assured by the FDA Gras status. The Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) gave carrageenan the highest ADI (Accepted Daily Intake) status of “not specified.” Since it’s considered non-toxic, the JECFA deemed it unnecessary to express the ADI in numerical form. Chemically treated, degraded carrageenan however, is a known carcinogen and is not used or permitted in food production.

    While it is not our intention that our products replace the fresh produce and whole grains one might grow themselves or purchase, we strive to make our products as natural as possible so they can be safely incorporated as part of a healthy diet. We believe that food-grade carrageenan is neither carcinogenic nor toxic, and is safe for human consumption.