Why Carrageenan Can Be Dangerous to your Pet
The Cornucopia Institute published a very detailed report of carrageenan in 2013 that provides some very concerning evidence regarding this common canned/moist pet food ingredient. It is unknown why so many pet food manufacturers continue to ignore the science linking serious illness to this ingredient.
Finding a canned/moist pet food without carrageenan is not easy; far too many pet foods use this ingredient as a thickener in moist pet foods. Sourced from seaweed, pet food (and human food) continues to claim it is safe – but science is proving the opposite.
From the 2013 Cornucopia Institute report “Carrageenan – How a ‘Natural’ Food Additive is Making Us Sick”…
“Animal studies have repeatedly shown that food-grade carrageenan causes gastrointestinal
inflammation and higher rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and even malignant tumors.”
“The chemical structure of carrageenan – unique chemical bonds not found in other seaweeds or gums – affects the body in several ways. Most notably, it triggers an immune reaction, which leads to inflammation in the gastrointestinal system. Prolonged inflammation is a precursor to more serious diseases, including cancer.”
“Carrageenan is derived from specific seaweeds, which are processed with alkali into a widely used “natural” food ingredient. When processed with acid instead of alkali, carrageenan is degraded to a low molecular weight, and is called “degraded carrageenan” or poligeenan. Degraded carrageenan is such a potent inflammatory agent that scientists routinely use it to induce inflammation and other disease in laboratory animals, to test anti-inflammation drugs and other pharmaceuticals.”
“Degraded carrageenan is not allowed in food, but scientists have raised concerns for decades that the use of food-grade (undegraded) carrageenan also causes harm. A convincing body of scientific literature shows negative effects caused by food-grade carrageenan. Moreover, scientists are concerned that the acid environment of the stomach may “degrade” food-grade carrageenan once it enters the digestive system, thus exposing the intestines to this potent and widely recognized carcinogen.”
“The unique chemical structure of carrageenan triggers an innate immune response in the body, which recognizes it as a dangerous invader. This immune response leads to inflammation. For individuals who consume carrageenan on a regular or daily basis, the inflammation will be prolonged and constant, which is a serious health concern since prolonged inflammation is a precursor to more serious disease. In fact, the medical community has long recognized that inflammation is association with over 100 human disease, including inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and arteriosclerosis. Inflammation is also linked to cancer.”
There should be no doubt to any pet food manufacturer – carrageenan comes with health risks for the pets consuming this ingredient with each meal. When are they going to wake up, read the extensive science, and stop putting this risky ingredient into so many pet foods?
To read the full Cornucopia Institute report on carrageenan, Click Here
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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