Have you ever made almond milk at home? Wondered why skim milk isn’t quite as thick as whole milk? Looked at the ingredients list on the back of your coffee creamer? Carrageenan is a common ingredient found in milk products that is used as a thickening agent. It is made from Red Algae and typically imported from Southeast Asia. It’s another one of those crazy ingredients that people consume in processed foods that probably isn’t very good for you.
If you’ve ever made almond milk at home, you’ve probably noticed that it’s very watery. How do they thicken the kind you buy from the grocery store? Carrageenan. Food manufacturers add this chemical so that it has a similar viscosity to whole milk. I’ll agree that the health benefits/risks of consuming milk is debatable, but it’s certainly better that eating a chemical made from a plant. Next time you’re in the grocery store, take a look in the milk and creamer section. Try finding one that doesn’t have this mystery ingredient in it. Good luck!
The scientific community is, as usual, debating the health risks of consuming carrageenan. The FDA won’t allow it to be used in infant formula, but apparently it’s totally healthy for adults. Many studies indicate that the chemical causes gastrointestinal problem and increases the risk for colon cancer.
It always amazes me the things that are allowed in the food that we consume. Make sure you know what you’re eating. Exercising regularly is great, but true health always comes down to diet.
Part A: Accumulate 5 Minutes in a Handstand
Part B: In teams of 2 Row:
*One person rows while the other rests
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