I promise the next blog will be all about how to celebrate your fixed belly and not on another product to avoid. When doing all this research I kept thinking how depressing it was. I can't eat anything and when I do find something, there's a random sneaky chemical or preservative and back on the shelf it goes. Yes, eating this way can be time-consuming and annoying and tiring and...I lost how I was going to end that on a positive note. Oh yes, a fixed belly where I don't have to know where all the restrooms are and if I'm going to head to the ER that night for a bowel resection.
You spend so much time figuring out the big food triggers like corn, sugar, and dairy, you may have missed out on a particular ingredient usually listed in the middle/bottom of your new food choices.
What is Carrageenan and why do companies use it?
In layman's terms, its a thickening agent MADE FROM SEAWEED. Seaweed is that green stuff in the ocean and its supposed to have lots of mineral and good stuff so what's the big deal. I hate to do a big long quote but I couldn't sum it up better...or more thorough. Take 20 seconds to read a blurb from this Article ...
"If you only eat words you understand you'll be in great shape...figuratively and physically"- Me.
How to keep Carrageenan out of your diet:
READ THE LABEL. While it can sneak in, (alcoholic beverages don't have to list it and it is used to clarify beer) most things that need to be thick- even dairy free creamers and yogurt- will have it listed.
This cool Buying Guide from Cornucopia Institute has a list of companies and products that don't use Carrageenan.
Just because it's Organic or Non-GMO, carrageenan is still allowed so don't assume!