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Thought For Food

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 10th April 2014


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Coconut milk is popular these days, and comes in many different varieties. But do you know what’s in some coconut milk and if what you’re drinking is safe? Here’s the write from a Chris Kresser’s health blog.

Harmful or Harmless: Carrageenan

Carrageenan, a heavily discussed additive in the world of alternative health, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae, and is most commonly used in food as a thickener or stabilizer. Carrageenan-containing seaweeds have been used for centuries in food preparations for their gelling properties, but the refined, isolated carrageenan found in modern processed foods has raised concerns in the health-conscious online community. (1)

Carrageenan is especially common in non-dairy milks such as almond milk and coconut milk, which means that some people who transition to a Paleo diet might actually be increasing their exposure if they use these products. I discussed carrageenan on a recent podcast, but today I want to give you a more detailed summary of the evidence.

There are a few distinct types of carrageenan that differ in their chemical properties, but the most important distinction is between degraded carrageenan and undegraded carrageenan. From a chemical standpoint, the difference between these two types is in their molecular weight. From a practical standpoint, undegraded carrageenan is approved for use in food products, while degraded carrageenan is not. (2) Although both substances are often referred to as ‘carrageenan,’ they have very different chemical properties and should really be treated as separate compounds. Degraded carrageenan is also called ‘poligeenan,’ which is how I will refer to it in the rest of this article to avoid any confusion.

Animal studies

Most of the carrageenan hysteria stems from animal studies that implicate carrageenan in the formation of ulcerations and cancerous lesions in the colon. A thorough review of the approximately 45 available animal studies on carrageenan was published in 2001, and at first glance, these studies seem alarming. However, it turns out that the majority of these animal experiments used poligeenan instead of carrageenan, and as I mentioned before, these are two separate compounds with different effects. Poligeenan is significantly more detrimental to the health of lab animals than carrageenan, so the lack of a clear designation between them has given carrageenan a worse reputation than it deserves.

One important difference is that while poligeenan can cause cancer on its own when given in high enough concentrations, undegraded carrageenan has only ever been shown to accelerate cancer formation when administered with a known carcinogen. (3) In other words, food-grade carrageenan has not been shown to cause cancer in animal models. That doesn’t necessarily mean carrageenan is in the clear when it comes to cancer, but contrary to popular belief, it is not a known carcinogen.

Additionally, poligeenan produces more severe ulceration and inflammation than carrageenan, and at lower concentrations. As an example, a study on rhesus monkeys using poligeenan at 0.5-2% resulted in diarrhea, hemorrhage, and ulcerations, while carrageenan at 1-3% resulted in no colonic changes. (4) (For reference, the concentration of carrageenan in processed food is usually between 0.01% and 1%.) (5)

However, carrageenan has produced intestinal damage in some animal studies. Observed effects in rats include epithelial cell loss, increased intestinal permeability, and diarrhea. (6) In guinea pigs, carrageenan at a 5% concentration in the diet caused ulcers in the colon, although a similar concentration in the diets of rats and hamsters resulted in no difference from controls. (7) In pigs, concentrations of carrageenan between .05 and .5% administered for 83 days resulted in abnormalities in the intestinal lining, but no ulcerations or tumors. (8) Still, a more recent rat study found no ulcerations or lesions in the colon after 90 days of carrageenan administration. (9) These studies suggest that the effects of carrageenan are highly species-dependent, which makes it more difficult to extrapolate these results to humans.

There are a few other important considerations when determining how applicable these results are to humans. Many of these experiments administered the carrageenan through the animals’ drinking water as opposed to their food, which tends to increase the severity of the resulting symptoms. Because carrageenan interacts with protein molecules, consuming it as part of a solid food is much less harmful than consuming it in water. Also, although many of the concentrations administered are comparable to concentrations found in processed foods, many experiments were conducted at concentrations much higher than humans would ever encounter on a normal diet. Remember, these studies are looking at carrageenan as a percentage of the entire diet, not just less than 1% of a small portion of the total diet, as is the case when using milk replacement products.

Human studies

Experimental evidence on the effects of carrageenan in humans is extremely limited, for obvious ethical reasons. However, a few in vitro experiments have been conducted on isolated human intestinal cells.

One study found that in intestinal epithelial tissue, carrageenan exposure increased the expression of two pro-inflammatory transcription factors. (10) This reaction appears to be protective of the intestinal tight junctions, because suppression of either of the inflammatory factors resulted in increased permeability of the isolated epithelial tissue. Unfortunately, it’s unclear whether they used food-grade carrageenan rather than poligeenan in this experiment.

Two similar studies that did use food-grade carrageenan also found that isolated intestinal epithelial tissue responded to carrageenan by up regulating inflammation. (1112) Another study on human intestinal epithelium found that undegraded carrageenan reduced the activity of many sulfatase enzymes, with potential negative ramifications for the function and vitality of the cell. (13)

Finally, another study found that exposing human intestinal epithelial cells to undegraded carrageenan in concentrations lower than what would be found in a typical diet caused increased cell death, reduced cell proliferation, and cell cycle arrest. (14)

These studies provide some support for the generalization of the animal studies to humans, implicating carrageenan in the potential for intestinal inflammation. However, it’s important to remember that not only were these studies in vitro (aka not in the human body), they also didn’t administer the carrageenan with any food, so the effects observed may differ significantly from what actually occurs when humans ingest carrageenan in a real-world setting.

Exposure to poligeenan

Because poligeenan can be produced from carrageenan, many researchers and laypeople have expressed concern that we might be exposed to poligeenan through contamination of the food supply. However, the most recent sources indicate that the poligeenan contamination level of food-grade carrageenan is less than 5%. (15)

Another encouraging data point in this situation is that while carrageenan is an extremely effective thickener and emulsifier at concentrations as low as .01%, poligeenan has no functional effect in food even at concentrations up to 10%. (16) Specific chemical processing is necessary for carrageenan to be degraded to poligeenan, and because poligeenan is of no use in the food industry, it seems unlikely that poligeenan would show up in appreciable quantities in processed foods.

Another concern is whether small percentages of ingested carrageenan are degraded to poligeenan in the digestive tract after consumption, either because of the acidic environment or because of intestinal bacteria. Some experimental evidence indicates that as much as 10-20% of carrageenan could be degraded to poligeenan during digestion, while other researchers (not surprisingly funded by the carrageenan industry) assert that carrageenan is stable throughout digestion. (1718) Regardless, the significant differences between poligeenan and carrageenan as evidenced by the reactions of lab animals make it pretty clear that even if some degradation does take place, carrageenan still doesn’t have the potential for harm that poligeenan does.

Conclusion

As with magnesium stearate and soy lecithin, carrageenan has been frequently portrayed as significantly more harmful than is supported by available evidence. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a known carcinogen, and although some studies implicate carrageenan in ulceration and inflammation, some show no adverse effects.

However, I do still think caution is warranted. If I had to rank additives, I’d say carrageenan is a bit more concerning than the other two additives we’ve discussed so far because of its association with gut issues. Remember, in cases involving modern ingredients, the burden of proof should be on manufacturers to prove that they’re safe, rather than on consumers to prove that they’re harmful. Because the evidence isn’t conclusive either way, I recommend avoiding carrageenan, especially if you have a history of digestive problems.

Personally, I adhere to the “precautionary principle” for anything I eat; in other words, in the absence of proven safety, I choose to avoid foods that have questionable adverse effects. Carrageenan fits this description, as there’s still some doubt about its safety and no evidence has convinced me that there isn’t a potential for harm if consumed regularly.

Occasional exposure is likely nothing to worry about, but for most people reading this, avoiding carrageenan is probably as simple as making your own nut milk or coconut milk, so I would encourage you to give that a shot. Also, if you follow the links to those two posts, some commenters have shared brands of almond and coconut milk that don’t contain carrageenan (although watch out for other additives that may be present).

If anyone has any other brand recommendations or favorite non-dairy milk recipes, feel free to share in the comments!

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Readers: The sick thing is, there is so much in our foods that is harmful to us. I agree, the burden of proof should be on manufacturers to prove that they’re safe, rather than on consumers to prove that they’re harmful. But we all know that there are people, certain people (do I need to say?), who allow these cancerous chemicals into our food.

People will die years from now and just think that they just got cancer. Little will they know that it was from something that was toxic in their food that gave it to them.

Helen: Ain’t that the truth. Someone here said a long time ago that white women will go kicking and screaming to their freedom. Unfortunately they are still right.

Ingrid: The repubs are not big supporters of women to begin with. But now since a black man, who is a huge supporter of women, is the president, they will do whatever it takes to make him look bad and/or fail, at the expense of our country. If the repubs are willing to do whatever to take down our country to ensure that Obama fails, bringing women down along the way, are at best collateral damage. I cannot stress enough the importance of the November elections.

George: Yeah…I guess it’s a myth too that most white men have small dicks.

Anonymous aka Clair:  Your comment to Cooper #8 was well stated. It’s Obvious Cooper is like many men who don’t value the work women do outside of their paying jobs. And it is so easy to make up excuses and lies, and invalidate the discrimination when he isn’t, and men aren’t, the ones that are being discriminated against. Wouldn’t it be nice if more men stepped into working women’s shoes and stepped up in support?

Social Butterfly: Thanks for the update. Did we expect anything less from the repubs? Sick. Again, I cannot stress enough the importance of the November elections so we can VOTE THEM OUT. 

Peace out. 

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What’s in your footlong?

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 1st April 2014


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Subway Footlong-’Shoe Rubber’ Chemical Removed From Subway Bread Found In Nearly 500 Common Foods

Footlong fans breathed a sigh of relief at the beginning of February, when sandwich chain Subway announced that it was removing azodicarbonamide — a chemical used in shoe rubber and yoga mats — from its bread.

Though the World Health Organization has said that the chemical is safe for human consumption, some studies have suggested it could be linked with asthma and skin and respiratory problems. And when the chemical is baked, it forms another chemical that has been linked to cancer in animal studies, CBS News pointed out. A series of popular petitions circulated by blogger Vana Hari, who runs the website FoodBabe.com, have also argued the case that its efficacy as a “bleaching agent” in bread just isn’t worth the potential health hazards.

It’s been well-established at this point that azodicarbonamide is a relatively common ingredient in processed foods. But a newly released study by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit, suggests that azodicarbonamide is far more common than we may have realized. EWG pored through the ingredient lists of more than 80,000 common grocery foods in an attempt to figure out which products contained the chemical. Andthey found it in nearly 500 items sold under 120 different brand names.

The list of foods runs the gamut from the “healthy” — Weight Watchers meals, Fiber One breads — to the obviously processed and indulgent — Entenmann’s pastries, White Castle Cheeseburgers. You can see the whole thing on the EWG website. But we picked 13 highlights that caught our attention as we browsed through the list. Read more on the EWG website.

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George Zimmerman Signs Autographs At A Florida Gun Show

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 12th March 2014


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Nice to see there was some of you here with me. Thanks for joining me in the conversation. :)

With so much going on in this world and with the internet providing us with so much information, I find choosing a topic du jour pretty challenging. Which one to highlight when so much is important to report? It’s so cool that so many of you are so with it, that you bring up lots of topics that are on my agenda too. So you too help to bring things to light. Thankfully some things never change. I am appreciative. Perhaps though with all that we do do, change will come about and there will be a day where the topic du jour will not be a topics de trop.

However, this day is not going to be one of those. This was dumped on my plate today. A write from Think Progress:

George Zimmerman Signs Autographs At A Florida Gun Show

George Zimmerman signs autographs.

George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, was the featured guest at a central Florida gun show this weekend, where he autographed photographs for customers. Organizers of the New Orlando Gun Show almost canceled the event because of backlash, but instead agreed to relocate Zimmerman’s signing to a smaller venue.

Zimmerman wanted to return a favor to The Arms Room, an Orlando gun store that supported him after he killed Martin. “The concept of being able to pay them back for what they did for me and seeing my supporters face to face was something I just couldn’t pass up,” Zimmerman told Fox 35. On Twitter, he described the controversy as “another company bowing to threats of being labeled racist.”

The only thing Zimmerman is famous for is killing an unarmed black teenager. And he is, in many ways, the poster child for Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. “I walk around armed; I walk around with a bullet proof vest; it’s not so much for my safety as it is so much for those around me,” he said. “I can be around my family and something might happen to them. There’s children around me, etc. Those threats… I have to be able to defend myself like any American.”

Since the trial, Zimmerman has remained in the headlines for two dropped charges of domestic violence and even agreeing to a later-canceled charity celebrity boxing match — on what would have been Martin’s birthday.

*S*I*C*K*F*U*C*K*

Readers: The fact that the New Orlando Gun Show had planned to have Zimmerman be a featured guest at a gun show in the first place says it all. Not to mention that people who lined up to get his autograph. And not to mention that Zimmerman showed up, grateful to be supported. It is pretty much right in your face, “I don’t give a fuck that I killed your son,” to the family of Trayvon Martin.  Sick and insensitive. Zimmerman’s actions says that he feels no remorse what so ever. Nor do any of the people who “supported” him who feel that the murder of Martin was justified.

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Tuesday Talk

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 14th January 2014

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Oops, I posted Money Matters on Monday instead of today, where I try to reserve this space and day for finances. Oh well. There’s always something else to say, right?

Today’s write is about what what happens when we allow industry to regulate itself (c’mon no one polices themselves!) or defund the State and Federal agencies responsible for doing the policing. Which means we either don’t have enough people in these agencies or the offices are sitting empty. Either way, shit happens or shit doesn’t get done.

Yes, there is a reason why I am saying so much “shit.” Fifteen percent of West Virginia couldn’t use any of their tap water except to put out fires (Okay how many of us do that on a daily basis?) or flush their toilets – a needed daily duty. Yep…don’t drink the water…don’t bathe in it. I guess that’s a clue that the water is only good for shit. No pun intended.

Here’s the write from Think Progress:

Chemical Leak Into West Virginia River Far Larger Than Previously Estimated

An environmental enforcement boat patrols in front of the chemical spill at Freedom Industries.

An environmental enforcement boat patrols in front of the chemical spill at Freedom Industries.

 

As over 300,000 people in West Virginia face a fourth day without water, state environmental officials are now estimating that as much as 7,500 gallons of a chemical used to process coal — Crude MCHM — may have spilled into the Elk River. That number is a substantial increase from early estimates of 2,000 to 5,000 gallons.

The chemical leak, first reported Thursday, was at a facility owned by Freedom Industries along the Elk River, just 1.5 miles upstream from a major intake used by the largest water utility in the state, West Virginia American Water.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water Company, said that it would likely still be “several days” before tap water in the nine counties affected would be safe for anything besides flushing toilets.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has set the standard of 1 part per million as a safe concentration of Crude MCHM in drinking water. Levels of the chemical must remain below this threshold for over 24 hours of testing before the water company can begin flushing the system.

At a press briefing Saturday evening, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s (D) office released the first results of the now round-the-clock water sampling efforts. While some tests are coming in below the safe threshold, the system is still far from clean. Eight out of 18 recent test results tested above 1 part per million. Some of the earliest tests showed concentrations as high as 3 parts per million.

“The reason the numbers are going down is we believe less of the material is getting into the water,” said Mike Dorsey, the chief of homeland security and emergency response at the State Department of Environmental Protection. “We have cut of the source of the leak, the tank. There is still material under the concrete and the soil. We’ve taken aggressive measures on the shore line below the site.”

A team from the Chemical Safety Board will arrive in West Virginia on Monday to begin the long process of assessing the cause of the spill. The CSB is an independent federal agency with the authority to investigate industrial chemical accidents. The agency issues recommendations for prevention of future accidents

To date, FEMA has brought in 1.4 million liters of water for residents. An additional 1.6 million liters are expected to come in over the course of the weekend.

The New York Times reported Saturday that at least 122 people have gone to local hospitals complaining of nausea, vomiting, and skin and eye irritation.

Here’s a clip from the Maddow show last night. The president of the company Gary Southern, finally faced local reporters after one and a half days of saying nothing. Love the way Southern says he is having an extremely long day, as he sips on his bottled water. What about the people who are left without water from the problem your company caused?

Readers: Southern’s “I’m so tired…don’t want to answer any questions, feel sorry for me attitude,” comes off as lack of concern, to me. He’s having a hard time talking? Uh…I’m having a hard time finding clean drinking water – do you think you can tell us what happened? Kudos to female reporter for demanding he answer questions.

And don’t you just love the republican name of these polluters, “Freedom Industries.” The republicans just love the “feel good” names to make you think they are “do good” companies? Uh huh. Because we all know that they really don’t give a shit. Oops said it again. It’s so easy to do – “shit,” it’s sort of synonymous with repubs, right?

Blog me.

Howie: Ever since the TWO have been brought up on my blog, I have found it to be fascinating. I have a couple of questions. I am assuming that the Wopre who do not believe in the Gods,  do not believe in the TWO either, or what the TWO represent? If they did, they would know that if the TWO were killed it would be the end of the universe expanding. Am I correct too when I say it would also mean the end to everything? Not sure if I have that right.

I also remember that the TWO are not together always. For either One of Them to be killed, both must be killed at the same time by the same event. Correct? So how do they find each other so that they can create new space etc., or just to  meld? And do they remember when they are together?

Also with respect to the Gods is One of the Gods missing currently and the other two are looking for the One? From what I remember from a few years ago, they are all together. Am I correct and is that true today or is One missing?

I have more questions but I think I have asked enough. Thanks!

 

Peace out. 

 

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

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Posted by Michelle Moquin on 3rd January 2014

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…As if you really needed encouragement. 

Good morning!

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2014 is the Year of the HORSE.

I guess the French decided this was the time to herd ‘em and serve ‘em.         Run!

 

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From the Guardian:

Illegal horsemeat allegations lead to raids and arrests in France

21 people arrested in south of France over claims horses used in medical research were illegally sold for human consumption
Horsemeat is removed from a depot for analysis during a raid in Narbonne

French police carried out dozens of early-morning raids on Monday after reports that horses used for medical research were illegally sold for human consumption.

Investigators said 21 people including veterinarians, butchers and other meat industry workers had been arrested in what they described as a vast operation across the south of France.

The animals were bought from a research laboratory belonging to the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi and were supposed to have been destroyed, but instead they were allegedly issued with false papers and sold to abattoirs between 2010 and 2012.

The raids come 10 months after a French company was found to be putting horsemeat into ready-made dishes labelled as having been made with beef, causing an Europe-wide scandal.

Sanofi said it had used the horses to incubate antibodies to manufacture purified serums used against rabies, snake bites and tetanus. The company said the animals were in good health but certified as not fit for human consumption.

Alain Bernal, of the Sanofi Pasteur vaccine division, said the company was co-operating with investigators but had no idea how long the fraud had been going on. He said the company had disposed of around 200 horses in the last three years. The animals are sold for a “symbolic amount” and issued with identification papers clearly stating “not to be killed for human consumption”.

In September eight managers from the French firm Spanghero at the centre of the earlier scandal, which erupted in February, were formally put under investigation for fraud. The company, which employed 360 staff, closed in June, but reopened under new management two months later.

British and Irish supermarkets among many others across the EU were found to have sold the company’s ready-made meals.

Monday’s raids took place in 11 French departments across southern France including Provence and the Côte d’Azur. The local television station France 2 Languedoc Roussillon claimed that other animals treated with anti-inflammatory drugs or antibiotics, making them unfit for human consumption, had also been acquired from equestrian centres and even individual horse owners and had fraudulently entered the food chain through the same network.

The French consumer minister, Benoït Hamon, told RTL radio the two scandals were unrelated. “They were selling horsemeat in place of beef, which is commercial fraud. Here we could be talking about a health problem, which is different,” he said.

However, his government colleague Guillaume Garot, the junior agriculture minister, said: “At this stage, there is nothing to suggest a health problem. That’s exactly what’s being investigated.”

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Where’s the beef? Kidding aside, this is just sick. Blog me.

 

Howie, et al:  Illegal horse meat…legal Pot smoking. This one’s for you, our man on all things alien, and all the other Readers who have been back and forth on the bud talk.  It looks like this alien decided to drag on in delight.

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Now I’m gonna drag on outta here,  and get my day going.  Peace out. 

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

Gratefully your blog host,

michelle

Aka BABE: We all know what this means by now :)

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