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Carrageenan (E407) is a collective term for polysaccharides prepared by alkaline extraction (and modification) from red seaweed (Rhodophycae), mostly of genus Chondrus, Eucheuma, Gigartina and Iridaea. Different seaweeds produce different carrageenans.

http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/water/hycar.html

Lots of foods can contain some pretty weird-sounding stuff. That's because processed foods have some amazing things they have to do. For example, a cookie might get made in Texas, trucked across the country in the middle of the summer, sit in a warehouse for a couple of weeks before it is sold and then ride home in the trunk of your car. And when you open the package, you expect the cookie to look perfect. Not an easy thing to accomplish, it turns out...

Things like liquids and cheese can be even more problematic, because their natural inclination is to separate, foam, melt, precipitate, et cetera, especially after they bounce down the road for a thousand miles.

That's why many foods contain chemicals known as gums. Two gums that are pretty familiar are gelatin and corn starch. If you look at processed food, you see all sorts of other gums like carrageenan, xanthan gum, cellulose gum, locust bean gum, agar, and so on. Food scientists (not cooks -- food scientists make processed foods) use these substances for four main reasons:

1. They thicken things: Ice cream, marshmallow fluff, pancake syrup, etc., all benefit from thickening.

2. They emulsify things: They help liquids to stay mixed together without separating.

3. They change the texture: Generally, a gum will make something thicker or chewier.

4. They stabilize crystals: A gum might help prevent sugar or ice from crystallizing.

These are all handy capabilities when making food products that have to look good for several months after trucking them across the country. The reason why a normal cook usually does not need to use things like carrageenan or xanthan gum is because the food a normal cook makes gets eaten quickly and is not mistreated. A cook can also use less expensive things like gelatin, flour or eggs because the time span between cooking and consumption is so short.

Carrageenan, by the way, is a seaweed extract. This particular type of seaweed is common in the Atlantic Ocean near Britain, Continental Europe and North America. You boil the seaweed to extract the carrageenan. In that sense, carrageenan is completely "natural" -- it's not much different from tomato paste in its creation.

http://home.howstuffworks.com/question315.htm :D

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Seaweed compound blocks cervical cancer virus!!!!!!

A seaweed extract called carrageenan strongly inhibits human papillomavirus – known to cause cervical cancer – from entering human cells in the lab, a new study shows. The compound, derived from red algae, is already used as a thickening agent in infant feeding formulas and in sexual lubricants. The researchers hope their findings could one day help prevent the spread of the virus.

Human papillomavirus is sexually transmitted and certain high-risk strains are linked to cervical cancer. Condoms can prevent its spread to a certain degree. And a new vaccine called Gardasil – recently been recommended for girls aged 11 to 12 by an influential US advisory panel – is almost 100% effective in protecting against the most dangerous HPV strains. However, the three-dose vaccination course costs $360, which puts many women off. And this is especially expensive for women in developing countries.

Developing an inexpensive gel, or microbicide, to block HPV might help stop its spread, says the John Schiller at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, US.

His team tested various compounds in the lab, screening for the ones that interfered most with the virus’ ability to invade human cells. The researchers found that carrageenan strongly inhibited different HPV strains’ ability to attach and therefore enter human cells. “We were floored by how much better it worked than anything else we have tested,” says Schiller.

Serendipity

The researchers note that although lab tests have shown some strains of HIV and herpes as vulnerable to carrageenan, genital HPV appears about a thousand-fold more susceptible to the compound. Their tests also showed that carrageenan was effective against HPV strains 16 and 18 – two of the most dangerous in terms of cervical cancer risk.

Carrageenan is already used a thickening agent in foods such as baby formula, and is perfectly safe to ingest. The researchers note it is serendipitous that some sexual lubricants already contain the compound. But these are not yet proven to be effective in preventing the spread of HPV, stresses team member Cynthia Thompson.

She says pharmaceutical companies will have to pursue this idea with future tests and then apply for approval from drug regulators to market their products as HPV blockers.

Roughly 50% of sexually active women between the ages of 18 and 22 are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) at some point, although their own immune systems can clear infections caused by the less aggressive strains.

Journal reference: PLoS Pathogens (DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.0020069)

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn9551

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Carrageenans are polysaccharides also derived from certain red seaweeds. They are polysulfated, straight-chain galactans comprised of residues of D-galactose and 3,6-anhydro-D-galactose. The principal carrageenans are called kappa-carrageenan, lambda-carrageenan and iota carrageenan. Carrageenans are also resistant to digestion by intestinal digestive enzymes. Carrageenans have been reported to lower cholesterol levels in animals and also to have anti-viral activity against some membrane-containing viruses in culture.

http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/nmdrugp.../sod_0017.shtml

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:tu: ...another use for Carrageenan!!

"8/22/2006

Chicago, IL

John Otrompke

Poster 160 - AHNS

Human papilloma virus (HPV), the condition which has been suggested as a causative agent in cervical cancer, has also been linked to head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), according to a paper presented here at the 2006 annual meeting of the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS).

"The prevalence of HPV is rising worldwide," noted study presenter Jose-Francisco Gallegos-Hernandez, MD, surgeon, head and neck department, Oncology Hospital, Mexico City, Mexico.

The poster presented on August 19th reported the results of a study of 118 head and neck cancer patients which found unusually high prevalence of two types of HPV, in particular, HPV type 16 and type 18.

HPV type 18 is associated with the development of leucoplasia as a preneoplastic lesion, while type 16 has been associated with a better prognosis in head and neck cancer patients.

The researchers identified some strain HPV in 42% of the cases. Of those, HPV type 16 was present 70% of the time.

"Some authors say that patients with HPV have a better prognosis, maybe because alcohol and tobacco use are not present in as many patients with HPV," said Gallegos-Hernandez. While the study looked for a link between alcohol and tobacco use (two other oft-cited factors in head and neck cancer) and sexual practices and HPV, none was found, he said.

Fifty percent of patients with laryngeal cancer had HPV, he said. HPV type 16 was present in 20% of those with mouth cancer, 25% of those with cancer of the mucosae, and 66% of those with cancer of the palate, while no other forms of HPV were found in patients with those forms of cancer in the study, the poster said. HPV was found more frequently in patients over 50 years of age and in men.

"Perhaps a vaccine could play a future [preventive] role in high-risk patients," Dr. Gallegos-Hernandez said, noting that the new vaccine for cervical cancer might also have utility as a prophylactic measure against head and neck cancer."

http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/news/news.asp?offset=150

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http://www.gatech.edu/news-room/release.php?id=676

Fiji Seaweed Yields Potential New Pharmaceuticals

Plants found on coral reef are source of new molecular structures

Atlanta (October 12, 2005) — Researchers have discovered 10 new molecular structures with pharmaceutical potential in a species of red seaweed that lives in the shallow coral reef along the coastline of Fiji in the south Pacific Ocean.

Some of these natural compounds showed the potential to kill cancer cells, bacteria and the HIV virus, according to research at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In fact, two of them exhibit anti-bacterial activity towards antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus at concentrations worth pursuing, though researchers don’t know yet whether the concentrations of the compounds required to kill the bacterium would be harmful to humans.

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This is BRILLIANT Stuff!!!!!!!!

Thanks for posting this information, Crystal. Sometimes I'm brave enough to read the ingredients in something I'm about to eat, and I remember once seeing that word "Carageenan" and I thought to myself "Oh no, what's this gonna do to me?"

Now I can put my mind to rest at least about one item in the list of ingredients. :tu:

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Thanks for posting this information, Crystal. Sometimes I'm brave enough to read the ingredients in something I'm about to eat, and I remember once seeing that word "Carageenan" and I thought to myself "Oh no, what's this gonna do to me?"

Now I can put my mind to rest at least about one item in the list of ingredients. :tu:

Unfortunately, I cannot. There are many foods I can no longer have because this pesky ingredient is showing up in more and more things, including the organic foods I buy.

Just be aware that it is a carrier of petro-chemicals, something I'm extremely sensitive to, and others are as well, whether they know it yet or not. It is applied to the carageenan in the process of making it "food grade".

I did extensive research on this and many other ingredients when I began having reactions to chemicals.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrageenan

It seems safe unless you get the degraded version that is submitted to high temperatures.... even cooking/salad oil and nuts go toxic when heated to extreme temperatures.....

"Health concerns

There is evidence from studies performed on rats, guinea pigs and monkeys which indicates that degraded carrageenan (poligeenan) may cause ulcerations in the gastro-intestinal tract and gastro-intestinal cancer [4]. Poligeenan is produced from carrageenan subjected to high temperatures and acidity. The average carrageenan molecule weighs over 100,000 Da while poligeenans have a molecular weight of less than 50,000 Da. A scientific committee working on bealf of the European Commission has recommended that the amount of degraded carrageenan be limited to a maximum of 5% (which is the limit of detection) of total carrageenan mass. Upon testing samples of foods containing high molecular weight carrageens, researchers found no poligeenan. [1]"

Trivia

* Carrageenan has also been used to thicken skim milk, in an attempt to emulate the consistency of whole milk. This usage did not become popular. It was also used in diet colas.

...and Agar... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agar

But then again.... when in doubt... leave it out....!!!!

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it's added to pediatric foods for children....

http://www.allegromedical.com/dietary-supp...ns-p176500.html

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Usage of Pediasure: PediaSure Nutritional Drinks are a nutritionally complete, balanced supplement designed for children 1 to 10 years of age. PediaSure may be used as the sole source of nutrition or as a supplement. These nutritional supplements meet or exceed 100% of the NAS-NRC RDAs for protein, vitamins and minerals for children 1 to 6 years of age in 1000 mL, and for children 7 to 10 years of age in 1300 mL.

When your child needs additional calories or nutrition, PediaSure drinks can help. They're a complete, balanced source of nutrition with extra calories, plus the protein, vitamins and minerals needed for healthy growth. PediaSure and PediaSure With Fiber have been improved to better provide your kids with the Complete, Balanced Nutrition® they need to grow strong and healthy. "

INGREDIENTS

Vanilla (retail)

(U)-D Water, sugar (sucrose), maltodextrin (corn), sodium caseinate, high-oleic safflower oil, soy oil, fractionated coconut oil (medium-chain triglycerides), whey protein concentrate; Less than 0.5% of: calcium phosphate tribasic, natural and artificial flavor, potassium citrate, magnesium chloride, cellulose gel, potassium phosphate dibasic, potassium chloride, soy lecithin, mono- and diglycerides, choline chloride, :tu: carrageenan, ascorbic acid, cellulose gum, m-inositol, taurine, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, sodium chloride, niacinamide, alpha-tocopheryl acetate, L-carnitine, calcium pantothenate, thiamine chloride hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, manganese sulfate, cupric sulfate, vitamin A palmitate, folic acid, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium selenate, sodium molybdate, phylloquinone, vitamin D3 and cyanocobalamin.

I can't vouch for all these ingredients.... it's disturbing!!!!

.... :blush: but then I fed my kids MacDonalds!!!

Edited by crystal sage

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http://www.newstarget.com/020398.html

brown seaweed... Wakame

These results, combined with previous studies by Miyash**a and colleagues that found fucoxanthin can kill prostate cancer cells in culture, lead the team to propose the compound could be a great preventative agent for many diseases.

Health advocate Mike Adams is a proponent of wakame for its health benefits, and recommends Modifilan.com as a source for brown seaweed, although he receives no money or kickbacks of any kind for promoting the company or its products. "The natural medicinal effects of this ocean plant are simply astounding," Adams said. "In addition to promoting weight loss and preventing prostate cancer, this plant can treat radiation sickness, improve body mineralization, support healthy thyroid function and even block the growth of breast cancer tumors."

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http://www.newstarget.com/000862.html

"there's nothing healthier for the human body than sea vegetables and simple plants grown in water "

http://www.med.umich.edu/umim/clinical/pyramid/Seaweed.htm

Scottish seaweeds in medicine

Back to seaweeds

This page covers some of the medicinal uses of Scottish seaweeds, from our earliest records of remedies somewhere between medicine and folk magic, through to a number of the most recent biotechnology applications.

http://193.62.154.38/celtica/Medicineb.htm

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Welcome Rozzy!!!

http://www.frdc.com.au/pub/news/164.php?article=15

With more than 2000 species, Australia has the greatest diversity of seaweeds on earth and many of the native red seaweed species are similar to those already being commercially cultivated in other countries.

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Been reading lately that seaweed is a super food.. that it actually metabolizes toxins in the water and expels it was various salts.. can chelate toxic metals...even from the brain.. so perhaps in cases of lead poisoning or other heavy metals.. it is something to look into...

http://www.nicolagalloway.com/seaweed-the-superfood.htm

I am certainly going to explore my local asian grocery store.. they have so many varieties of dried seaweed.. They certainly will make an interesting flavouring to soups and casseroles..

then there is Sushi...

Seaweed - The Superfood!

Did you know seaweed contains 10 - 20 times the mineral content of land vegetables? That's right, seafood extends far beyond fish - there is a huge harvest of nutritional treasures to be found below the waves. It is a little-known fact seaweed is a super food of gigantic proportions, but we are finally getting in on the act.

The Japanese have got it right with sushi, with some researchers now suggesting it may be the seaweed in the Japanese diet which contributes to their world renowned longevity. In the Mediterranean it is added to soups and stews to help soften beans and tenderize meat while boosting the nutritional value. And the Irish have been using it for centuries to make Laver bread - seaweed and oat patties cooked in lard. In fact seaweed was once so prized it was used as a currency on the spice routes. Seaweed has also been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to heal the gastrointestinal tract and remove toxins from the body. More recently it has been used in weight-loss programs and for lowering cholesterol and fat in the blood.

So what makes seaweed so special?

Well to start, it is high in the bone-building mineral calcium, some seaweeds containing more than 10 times the calcium of milk. It is a vegetable source of iron and contains all eight ‘essential amino acids' (protein building blocks) rarely found in vegetable foods therefore particularly useful for vegetarians. Seaweed is also a good source of the ‘essential fatty acid' omega 3, which can be deficient in the modern diet. And as if that isn't enough, because the composition of seawater (where seaweed is produced) is similar to that of blood, these nutrients are readily absorbed and utilized by the body. Taking this into account, seaweed could be Mother Natures answer to a mineral supplement. By eating even small amounts of ‘nutrient-dense' seaweed, we can replenish the body's stores of nutrients to keep us healthy. Simple yet effective!

Seaweed contains the essential trace element iodine

Depending on the type and where it is harvested, seaweed can contain up to one thousand times more iodine than fish and shell fish. Iodine is a nutrient the typical New Zealand diet is low in due to deficient soils, hence why we have iodized salt. Iodine is essential for the thyroid, an organ situated at the base of our throat, which produces hormones to regulate our metabolism. As we age, our thyroid function begins to slow which can result in sluggish digestion, depleted energy and weight gain. By including iodine-rich seaweeds in our diet, we give our thyroid a natural boost.

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INGREDIENTS

Vanilla (retail)

(U)-D Water, sugar (sucrose), maltodextrin (corn), sodium caseinate, high-oleic safflower oil, soy oil, fractionated coconut oil (medium-chain triglycerides), whey protein concentrate; Less than 0.5% of: calcium phosphate tribasic, natural and artificial flavor, potassium citrate, magnesium chloride, cellulose gel, potassium phosphate dibasic, potassium chloride, soy lecithin, mono- and diglycerides, choline chloride, <img src="http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":tu:" border="0" alt="thumbsup.gif" /> carrageenan, ascorbic acid, cellulose gum, m-inositol, taurine, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, sodium chloride, niacinamide, alpha-tocopheryl acetate, L-carnitine, calcium pantothenate, thiamine chloride hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, manganese sulfate, cupric sulfate, vitamin A palmitate, folic acid, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium selenate, sodium molybdate, phylloquinone, vitamin D3 and cyanocobalamin.

I can't vouch for all these ingredients.... it's disturbing!!!!

.... <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" /> but then I fed my kids MacDonalds!!!

Most of the ingredients are vitamins & minerals, I bolded the ones I know for sure. I'd actually be more concerned about all the sugar and salt in it :D

Edited by karmakazi

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There are petitions to take this stuff OUT of food.

There is literature about it CAUSING CANCER.

Lots of seaweeds are good for us.The way this one is used commercially in almost everything ,is not one of them.

Just Google carageenan cancer,and plenty of links come up.

I've never seen anything positive about it,ever before.I won't buy anything that contains it .

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Most of the ingredients are vitamins & minerals, I bolded the ones I know for sure. I'd actually be more concerned about all the sugar and salt in it :D

Potassium citrate is also a vitamin. M-insitol and Choline chloride are suppliments.

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