Shopping Guide to Avoiding Organic Foods with Carrageenan

May 31st, 2012

May 31, 2012

Shopping Guide to Avoiding Organic Foods with Carrageenan

Important note:  This is a preliminary review that will be updated in early June, and on a continual basis until our research is complete.  Please check back for additional brand listings of products manufactured with and without carrageenan. 

[Updated Guide here.]

Carrageenan, a seaweed derivative used as a stabilizer and thickener in foods, has been found to be contaminated with a substance (degraded carrageenan) that is classified by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer as a “possible human carcinogen.”  Research funded by the National Institutes of Health raises serious concerns about harmful effects of carrageenan as an inflammatory agent on the human gastrointestinal tract.

Individuals suffering from chronic gastrointestinal symptoms have reported that their symptoms disappeared when they cut carrageenan out of their diets.  Note: We ask consumers whose problems with ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome or other inflammatory gastrointestinal disease were resolved by removing carrageenan from their diets to please contact us.

To read Cornucopia’s in-depth analysis of the scientific literature pointing to serious human health impacts of food-grade carrageenan, please click here.

Dairy

Chocolate Milk with CarrageenanChocolate Milk without Carrageenan
  • Horizon
  • Organic Valley

 

  • Castle Rock Organic Farms
  • Crystal Ball Farms
  • Strafford Organic Creamery
  • Trickling Springs Creamery
Cottage Cheese with CarrageenanCottage Cheese without Carrageenan
  • 365 Whole Foods
  • Horizon

 

  • Nancy’s
  • Organic Valley
Cream with CarrageenanCream without Carrageenan
  • Horizon
  • Organic Valley (Ultra Pasteurized)

 

  • Butterworks Farm
  • Cedar Summit Farm
  • Organic Valley (Pasteurized)
  • Straus Family Creamery
  • Trickling Springs Creamery
Eggnog with CarrageenanEggnog without Carrageenan
  • Organic Valley
  • Straus Family Creamery
Ice Cream with CarrageenanIce Cream without Carrageenan
Commonly found in conventional ice cream.
  • Alden’s
  • Castle Rock Organic Farms
  • Crystal Ball Farms
  • Green and Black’s Organic
  • Julie’s
  • Stonyfield
  • Strafford Organic Creamery
  • Straus Family Creamery
Kefir with CarrageenanKefir without Carrageenan
Commonly found in conventional kefir
  • Fresh Made
  • Helios
  • Lifeway
  • Nancy’s
  • Organic Pastures
Shelf-Stable Milk with Carrageenan (“milk boxes”)Shelf-Stable Milk without Carrageenan (“milk boxes”)
  • Horizon (chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavors)
  • Organic Valley (chocolate flavored)

 

  • Horizon (lowfat)
  • Organic Valley (regular, lowfat, strawberry flavored, vanilla)
Sour Cream with CarrageenanSour Cream without Carrageenan
  • Horizon (lowfat)

 

  • 365 Whole Foods
  • Horizon (regular only)
  • Organic Valley
  • Nancy’s
  • Straus Family Creamery
  • Wallaby Organic

 

Yogurt with CarrageenanYogurt without Carrageenan
  • Stonyfield (Oikos – caramel flavor only, Squeezers – all flavors)
  • Horizon (Tuberz™)
  • Butterworks
  • Crystal Balls Farm
  • Hails Family Farm
  • Hawthorne Valley Farm
  • Horizon (all except Tuberz™)
  • Nancy’s
  • Seven Stars
  • Stonyfield (all except caramel Oikos and Squeezers)
  • Straus Family Creamery
  • Wallaby

 

Dairy Alternatives — many of these popular brands are “natural” (conventional) and therefore not organic

Almond milk with CarrageenanAlmond milk without Carrageenan
  • Pacific Foods
  • 365 Whole Foods
Soymilk with CarrageenanSoymilk without Carrageenan
  • 365 Whole Foods
  • Earth Balance
  • Nature’s Promise
  • Organic Valley
  • Silk
  • Soy Dream
  • Vermont Soy
  • Vitasoy
  • Wegman’s
  • EdenSoy
  • Westsoy
Chocolate soymilk with CarrageenanChocolate soymilk without Carrageenan
  • 365 Whole Foods
  • Good Karma
  • Organic Valley
  • Silk
  • Soy Dream
  • Tofu Shop
  • Eden Foods has committed to removing carrageenan from its chocolate-flavored soymilk—check packaging for current ingredient list
Frozen dessert (non-dairy) with CarrageenanFrozen dessert (non-dairy) without Carrageenan
  • Good Karma
  • Rice Dream
  • So Delicious
  • Julie’s
  • Nadamoo
  • Organic Nectars
Soy creamer with CarrageenanSoy creamer without Carrageenan
  • Silk
  • Wildwood
  • Organic Valley
Rice milk with CarrageenanRice milk without Carrageenan
  • 365 Whole Foods
  • Good Karma
  • Rice Dream (Unsweetened)
  • B.R.A.T (all flavors)
  • Rice Dream (Original)

Deli Meat

Deli Meat with CarrageenanDeli Meat without Carrageenan
  • Applegate (Roasted Chicken, Turkey Breast, Roasted Turkey Breast, Smoked Chicken, Smoked Turkey Breast)
  • Applegate (Roast Beef, Genoa Salami, Uncured Ham)

Juice

Juice with CarrageenanJuice without Carrageenan
  • Knudsen’s (Yumberry)
  • Lakewood (Coconut and Acai Amazon Berry)
  • Columbia Gorge
  • Knudsen’s (all flavors except Yumberry)
  • Lakewood (all flavors except Coconut and Acai Amazon Berry)
  • Organic Valley
  • Uncle Matt’s

This is a preliminary review.  More brands and information will be added in the future.  Please either sign up for membership in The Cornucopia Institute, or our free electronic newsletter list, for further updates.  If you come across organic products and/or brands utilizing carrageenan that are not yet listed, please forward specific information to us by emailing cultivate@cornucopia.org

 

 

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