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Brandon Renfrow

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My research suggests there is no seaweed named Carrageenan. Instead, I found a discussion of the common seaweeds from which carrageenan is extracted: http://www.fao.org/d...5e/y4765e09.htm

Whether Carrageenan is included here as the seaweed itself or as a processed extract, you still should not eat it. Just because it is seaweed does not make it safe. Poison ivy is a plant too, but is so poisonous to people that it makes most of us break out in painful rashes from a simple touch. Carrageenan is bad because of its chemical structure and how it interacts with the human body. Here is a snippet from Wikipedia which explains why carrageenan is banned during a Whole30: "Recent research, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, has identified how carrageenan's unique chemical structure may trigger an immune response in the body; this immune response in turn may lead to inflammation of the intestines."

Seaweed in general is okay to eat during a Whole30, but when it gets specific enough to be identified as carrageenan, it is not okay.

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I am guessing from the name that carageenan is derived & bastardised proudcut of carageen moss?

Before I did paleo I had never heard of carageenan, but I had heard of puddings such as this


From the reference Tom quoted:

"The original source of carrageenan was Chondrus crispus, and this is still used to a limited extent."

Chondrus Crispus is the scientific name of Irish moss according to Wikipedia.

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