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Shopping Guide to Avoiding Organic Foods with Carrageenan
Summary: When shopping for groceries, check the labels for carrageenan, a thickening agent scientists are blaming for various gastrointestinal illnesses.
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Carrageenan, an additive to many food products, has been flagged by scientists and doctors as a harmful substance that causes ulcers, inflammation, and other gastrointestinal problems. This chart showing how to avoid the thickening agent carrageenan, which may have links to gastrointestinal illnesses, is courtesy of cornucopia.org.
|Buttermilk with Carrageenan||Buttermilk without Carrageenan|
|Organic buttermilk producers that used to add carrageenan have reformulated their products to be carrageenan-free.||
|Chocolate Milk With Carrageenan||Chocolate Milk without Carrageenan|
|Cottage Cheese with Carrageenan||Cottage Cheese without Carrageenan|
|Cream with Carrageenan||Cream without Carrageenan|
|Eggnog with Carrageenan||Eggnog without Carrageenan|
|Ice Cream with Carrageenan||Ice Cream without Carrageenan|
|Kefir with Carrageenan||Kefir without Carrageenan|
|No organic kefir found with carrageenan. Carrageenan is sometimes used in conventional kefir||
|Shelf-Stable Milk with Carrageenan||Shelf-Stable Milk without Carrageenan|
|Sour Cream with Carrageenan||Sour Cream without Carrageenan|
|Yogurt with Carrageenan||Yogurt without Carrageenan|
Many of these popular brands are "natural" (conventional) and therefore not organic.
|Almond Milk with Carrageenan||Almond Milk without Carrageenan|
|Cheese Alternative with Carrageenan||Cheese Alternative without Carrageenan|
|Chocolate Soymilk with Carrageenan||Chocolate Soymilk without Carrageenan|
|Coconut Milk/Water with Carrageenan||Coconut Milk/Water without Carrageenan|
|Flax Milk with Carrageenan||Flax Milk without Carrageenan|
|Frozen Dessert (non-dairy) with Carrageenan||Frozen Dessert (non-dairy) without Carrageenan|
|Hazelnut Milk with Carrageenan||Hazelnut Milk without Carrageenan|
|Hemp Milk with Carrageenan||Hemp Milk without Carrageenan|
|Oat Milk with Carrageenan||Oat Milk without Carrageenan|
|Rice Milk with Carrageenan||Rice Milk without Carrageenan|
|Soy Creamer with Carrageenan||Soy Creamer without Carrageenan|
|Soymilk with Carrageenan||Soymilk without Carrageenan|
|Soynog with Carrageenan||Soynog without Carrageenan|
|Soy Yogurt with Carrageenan||Soy Yogurt without Carrageenan|
|Sunflower Milk with Carrageenan||Sunflower Milk without Carrageenan|
Organic Nutritional Drinks
|Nutritional Drinks with Carrageenan||Nutritional Drinks without Carrageenan|
Organic Deli Meat
|Deli Meat with Carrageenan||Deli Meat without Carrageenan|
|Dips with Carrageenan||Dips without Carrageenan|
|Juice with Carrageenan||Juice without Carrageenan|
Organic Prepared Foods
|Pizza with Carrageenan||Pizza without Carrageenan|
Conventional/“Natural” Foods with Carrageenan
Below is a partial list of conventional products containing carrageenan. This list is not comprehensive, but provides examples of categories of foods where you may not expect to find carrageenan, like nutrition bars (Balance Bars), chocolate bars (Enjoy Life), and chicken strips (Butterball and Hormel).
Always check ingredients lists carefully when purchasing foods—some of the brands listed below carry products with and without carrageenan (for example, Kraft Philadelphia fat free cream cheese contains carrageenan, whereas Kraft Philadelphia regular cream cheese is carrageenan-free).
- Enjoy Life ChocoBoom™ Ricemilk and Ricemilk Crunch
- Carnation Breakfast Essentials
- Garelick TruMoo™
- Cold Stone Creamery
- Nestle Nesquik
- Stop ‘n Shop
Coffee Creamer and Half and Half
- Friendly Farms
- Great Value (Walmart)
- Hood Fat Free
- International Delight
- Nestle Coffeemate (“Natural Bliss” is carrageenan-free)
Conventional Nutrition Drinks
- Carnation Breakfast Essentials
- Nestle Boost
- Pure Protein Shake
- Slim Fast
Dairy (cottage cheese, sour cream, ricotta cheese, yogurt, etc.)
- Dragone (ricotta cheese)
- Garelick (cream)
- Great Value (Walmart)
- Happy Farms (Aldi Foods)
- Kemps (sour cream and cottage cheese)
- Kraft (cottage cheeses and Philadelphia fat free cream cheese)
- Land O' Lakes (sour cream and cottage cheese)
- Mid-America Farms
- Old Home Foods (sour cream)
- Westby (sour cream, yogurt, etc.)
- FlaxUSA Flaxmilk (all flavors — available at Walmart)
- So Delicious Milk
- So Delicious Almond Yogurt
- Tofutti (all products)
- Soy Dream frozen desserts
- Kozy Shack
Dairy-Free Cheese, Dips and Spreads
- Butte Island Foods (cheese alternative — spreadable all flavors)
- Marzetti's Otria Greek Yogurt Veggie Dips (all flavors)
- Marzetti's Veggie Dips (all flavors)
- Shullsburg Creamery
- Ben and Jerry’s
- Coldstone Creamery
- LaLoo’s goat milk ice cream
- International Delight
Currently all ready-to-drink (liquid) infant formula, except Gerber Good Start, contains carrageenan. Avoid carrageenan in infant formula by buying organic powdered formula.
- Butterball (chicken breast strips)
- Hormel (Natural Choice carved chicken breast)
- Oscar Meyer (Deli-Fresh)
- Oscar Meyer (Selects — turkey breast slow roasted)
- Balance Bars
- Gerber Graduates kids’ meals (ravioli)
- Healthy Choice
- Campbell's (100% Natural Creamy Gouda Bisque)
- Great Value (Walmart)
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