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The Cornucopia Institute just released a report compiling the scientific evidence linking the food additive carrageenan to gastrointestinal inflammation and disease. The press release and report are available here: http://www.cornucopia.org/ and http://www.cornucopia.org/carrageenan-2013/. They're also asking people who cut carrageenan out of their diet and who noticed improvements in their gastrointestinal health to fill out an online questionnaire (http://www.cornucopia.org/carrageenan-questionnaire/), which is designed to assist medical researchers in better understanding the impact of carrageenan on public health.
 

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I have read about the harmful effects that carrageenan can have on the digestive sytem on Andrew Weil's website. He says to avoid consuming any products with it. It can be diificult to do though because many seemingly healthy products like almond and coconut milk as well as yogurt seem to contain it. I know that Cornucopias website gives a list of the few alternatives but the list is pretty short. This definitely needs more publicity and I myself did sign the petition to ban it. Hopefully the time will come when products will have a 'carrageenan-free' label much like gluten-free is starting to have.
 

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I have been affected by this additive, I lost my job my home and nearly my family all because of Carrageenan!!! I had dizziness, nausea, headaches, gut inflammation, D and V, cramps and loss of energy, not to mention and extremely large belly. Recommend stay away from it is a must!!! I cannot emphasise this enough!!!! Since removing Carageenan from my diet I have none of the above and now can read while traveling on a train!!!. Unfortunatly the GP had no idea about Carrageenan, and subsequently mis diagnosed my ailment, and so was thought to be putting it on so to speak(making it up).
 
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