At least some to start out with. It’s heavily used and a long road, but the journey has to start somewhere. Like the old Chinese proverb, a journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. This is so true. You can sign the petition here.
Take carrageenan out of ice creams,
soymilk, coffee creamer
Sponsored by: Amy S., Concerned Consumers for Health
Target Companies: Starbuck’s, Purity, Mayfield, Nestle, Morningstar Foods, VitaSoy, Silk, WestSoy
Such a warm family scene. Kids gathered around the table, laughing… it’s hot outside! Nothing like yummy ice cream to cool things off. You dip out a cone-full for each of the kids… and what the heck, some for yourself too. You relish the creamy flavor.
Imagine the shock when you later discover that all these years, among the uber-long list of ingredients… is one that has been linked to stomach lesions, colon cancer, breast cancer and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It has been lurking in your soy milk… your coffee creamers… your ice cream. It has been documented that this ingredient has been used to *promote* cancer in lab animals for research. Would you still want to ingest this ingredient?
The name of it is carrageenan (MSG related, incidentally). My research and reading into this has shown the above statements are found consistently and continually in relation to this food additive. It is found in the above products’ ice creams, many soy milks, and coffee creamers. It’s derived from seaweed and I have been told that since it comes from a “natural ingredient” then it’s OK. My research shows otherwise. For one thing, it is not in its natural state. It is a *derivation*… chemically processed. For another… you know, I can think of a lot of “natural” stuff that is not good for us, or should not be ingested. I bet you can too. I can also think of many “FDA-approved” items that later got pulled off the shelves when it was found people were getting sick or dying from them.
Research for yourself. I have included some links below to get you started. Then, if you are as angry as I was to find this out… please sign this petition, twitter it, get the word out. Blog about it. People need to know, and the companies need to know that we are not going to sit idly by and let them feed us things that they know are dangerous. Once we are aware, it is up to us to avoid these foods, and look out for those who are still consuming them and just don’t know any better.
To the above stated companies: Please take carrageenan out of your food products and find healthy, wholesome substitutes. Many companies like Haagen Dazs, Breyer’s, and even Great Value Naturals (Wal Mart brand) do not use carrageenan in their products. In addition, we feel that soy milk, as a healthy beverage, should not have this additive in its list of ingredients.
We are Concerned Consumers for Health and we take our buying power seriously. Please take this harmful food additive out of our coffee creamers, soy milks, and ice creams. Otherwise, we will take our dollars elsewhere.
http://www.vitalearth.org/MSG.htm (scroll down halfway)
harmful effects of carrageenan from pubmed.gov