Shopping Guide to Avoiding Organic Foods with Carrageenan

Learn more about carrageenan.

If you suffered from gastrointestinal symptoms that improved or disappeared after cutting carrageenan from your diet, fill out a questionnaire to help us and medical researchers better understand the effects of carrageenan on public health.

Always check ingredient lists carefully, and note that ingredients are not required by law to be listed on alcoholic beverages, which may contain carrageenan. In fact, carrageenan is commonly used to clarify beer but is not listed on the label.

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. Also note that a partial list of conventional products containing carrageenan follows the tables of organic products.

For your convenience, we have provided links to contact information for companies with products containing carrageenan. Please note that all brands listed with an asterisk (*) supply products both with and without carrageenan.

Organic Dairy

Buttermilk with CarrageenanButtermilk without Carrageenan
(Organic buttermilk producers that used to add carrageenan have reformulated their products to be carrageenan-free)
  • Butterworks Farm
  • Clover Stornetta
  • Hawthorne Valley
  • Kalona Supernatural
  • Natural By Nature
  • Organic Valley
Chocolate Milk With CarrageenanChocolate Milk without Carrageenan
  • Castle Rock Organic Farms
  • Cow Wow Cereal Milk
  • Crystal Ball Farms
  • Equal Exchange Hot Chocolate (powdered)
  • Organic Valley (2% refrigerated)*
  • Strafford Organic Creamery
  • Thomas Organic Creamery
Cottage Cheese with CarrageenanCottage Cheese without Carrageenan
  • Kalona Supernatural (regular and lowfat)
  • Nancy’s
  • Organic Valley (regular and lowfat)
Cream with CarrageenanCream without Carrageenan
  • Butterworks Farm
  • Cedar Summit Farm
  • Clover Stornetta*
  • Horizon (half and half)*
  • Kalona Supernatural
  • Natural By Nature (heavy cream)*
  • Organic Valley (Pasteurized only, not Ultra Pasteurized)*
  • Strauss Family Creamery
  • Trickling Springs Creamery
Eggnog with CarrageenanEggnog without Carrageenan
  • Kalona Supernatural
  • Strauss Family Creamery
  • Organic Valley
Ice Cream with CarrageenanIce Cream without Carrageenan
  • Julie’s (Mocha Java only – Julie’s is reformulating their only product containing carrageenan which will be carrageenan-free in the fall of 2013)*
  • Organic Meadow
  • Trader Joe’s (Ingredients vary in Trader Joe’s products. Please read ingredients labels carefully.)
  • Alden’s
  • Castle Rock Organic Farms
  • Crystal Ball Farms
  • Green and Black’s Organic
  • Julie’s (all flavors except Mocha Java)*
  • Mapleton’s Organic
  • Publix
  • Stonyfield
  • Strafford Organic Creamery
  • Strauss Family Creamery
  • Three Twins
Kefir with CarrageenanKefir without Carrageenan
No organic kefir found with carrageenan – carrageenan is sometimes used in conventional kefir
  • Butterworks Farm
  • Cedar Summit (pourable yogurt)
  • Fresh Made
  • Helios
  • Lifeway
  • Nancy’s
  • Organic Pastures
  • Organic Valley (pourable yogurt)
Shelf-Stable Milk with Carrageenan (“milk boxes”)Shelf-Stable Milk without Carrageenan (“milk boxes”)
  • Horizon (lowfat)*
  • Organic Valley (regular, lowfat, strawberry flavored, vanilla)*
Sour Cream with CarrageenanSour Cream without Carrageenan
  • 365 Whole Foods
  • Clover Stornetta
  • Horizon (regular only)*
  • Kalona Supernatural
  • Organic Valley (regular and lowfat)
  • Nancy’s
  • Strauss Family Creamery
  • Wallaby Organic
Yogurt with CarrageenanYogurt without Carrageenan
  • Horizon (Tuberz™)*
  • Publix
  • Stonyfield (Oikos – caramel flavor only, Squeezers – all flavors)*
  • Trader Joe’s (Squishers™ and all but European-style plain whole milk, Greek-style yogurt, and vanilla organic yogurt cups in 6-pack)* Ingredients vary in Trader Joe’s products. Please read ingredients labels carefully.
  • Yami Organic
  • Butterworks
  • Cedar Summit (pourable)
  • Crystal Balls Farm
  • Hails Family Farm
  • Hawthorne Valley Farm
  • Horizon (all except Tuberz™)*
  • Kalona Supernatural
  • Maple Hill Creamery
  • Nancy’s
  • Organic Valley (pourable)
  • Redwood Hill Farms
  • Seven Stars
  • Stonyfield (all except caramel Oikos and Squeezers)*
  • Strauss Family Creamery
  • Thomas Organic Creamery
  • Trader Joe’s European-style plain whole milk, Greek-style yogurt, and vanilla organic yogurt cups* (Ingredients vary in Trader Joe’s products. Please read ingredients labels carefully.)
  • Wallaby Organic

Organic Dairy Alternative

Almond Milk with CarrageenanAlmond Milk without Carrageenan
  • 365 Whole Foods
  • OMilk NYC
  • Trader Joe’s (refrigerated)* Ingredients vary in Trader Joe’s products. Please read ingredients labels carefully.
  • Westsoy (the conventional line may contain carrageenan)
Cheese Alternative with CarrageenanCheese Alternative without Carrageenan
  • Sunergia Soyfoods – SoyFeta and Soy Bleu Cheese
At this time, we are unable to find any organic cheese alternatives without carrageenan.
Chocolate Soymilk with CarrageenanChocolate Soymilk without Carrageenan
  • Organic Valley
  • Tofu Shop
  • Soy Dream (enriched chocolate)
Coconut Milk with CarrageenanCoconut Milk without Carrageenan
  • So Delicious (organic vanilla, chocolate made with organic ingredients, and vanilla made with organic ingredients)*
  • Trader Joe’s (original, vanilla and light) Ingredients vary in Trader Joe’s products. Please read ingredients labels carefully.
  • Native Forest (beverage)
  • So Delicious (all organic culinary milk, latte and coconut beverages except those listed to the left) – reformulated in early 2014, check ingredients list*
  • Tropical Traditions (coconut cream concentrate)
Coconut Water with CarrageenanCoconut Water without Carrageenan
  • Coco Libre coconut water
  • Harmless Harvest Organic 100% Raw
  • Yoga Earth Purity (cocounut water powder)
Coffee Creamer with CarrageenanCoffee Creamer without Carrageenan
  • Organic Valley
Flax Milk with CarrageenanFlax Milk without Carrageenan
At this time, we are unable to find any organic flax milk without carrageenan.
Frozen Dessert (non-dairy) with CarrageenanFrozen Dessert (non-dairy) without Carrageenan
  • So Delicious (coconut frozen desserts made with organic ingredients: German Chocolate, Cookie Dough (not GF) and all No Sugar Added products)*
  • 365 Whole Foods
  • Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Cream
  • Julie’s
  • Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss
  • Nadamoo
  • Natural Choice Fruit Bars
  • Organic Nectars
  • Sambazon
  • So Delicious (all coconut frozen desserts and bars except those listed to the left)*
Oat Milk with CarrageenanOat Milk without Carrageenan
No organic oat beverages found with carrageenan.
  • Pacific Foods (organic original, organic vanilla)
Rice Milk with CarrageenanRice Milk without Carrageenan
  • 365 Whole Foods
  • Rice Dream – shelf-stable (organic enriched original and organic enriched unsweetened, Sprouted Rice Dream original and unsweetened)*
  • B.R.A.T. (all flavors)
  • Kirkland Signature
  • Natur-a
  • Nature’s Promise (Giant)
  • Rice Dream – shelf-stable (organic classic original, organic enriched original)*
  • Trader Joe’s (Ingredients vary in Trader Joe’s products. Please read ingredients labels carefully.)
Soymilk with CarrageenanSoymilk without Carrageenan
  • Earth Balance* (Older formulations containing carrageenan remain on shelves. Watch ingredients!)
  • Eden Soy (EdenSoy contains no carrageenan except for chocolate-flavored EdenSoy. Eden is in the process of reformulating its chocolate soy milk.)
  • Natur-a
  • Organic Valley
  • Pacific Foods (organic unsweetened original)*
  • So Nice (Natural flavor only)*
  • Soy Dream (classic vanilla and enriched chocolate)*
  • Soy Dream – Refrigerated (classical original)*
  • Sunrise Soya (all except light fortified sweetened)*
  • Tofu Shop
  • Trader Joe’s Unsweetened in aseptic package (refrigerated does contain carrageenan)* Ingredients vary in Trader Joe’s products. Please read ingredients labels carefully.
  • Twin Oaks
  • Vermont Soy* (unsweetened)
  • Westsoy (original, unsweetened, lowfat)*
Soynog with CarrageenanSoynog without Carrageenan
At this time, we are unable to find any organic soynog without carrageenan.
“Yogurt” (Non-Dairy) with Carrageenan“Yogurt” (Non-Dairy) without Carrageenan
  • So Delicious (coconut Greek yogurt flavors made with organic ingredients: chocolate, passionate mango, pina colada and strawberry banana)*
  • O’Soy (Stonyfield Organic soy yogurt)
  • So Delicious (unsweetened and unsweetened vanilla coconut yogurt made with organic ingredients and Greek coconut yogurt flavors made with organic ingredients: plain, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and vanilla) – reformulated in early 2014, check ingredients list*
  • Trader Joe’s (soy yogurt) Ingredients vary in Trader Joe’s products. Please read ingredients labels carefully.
  • Whole Soy & Co. (soy yogurt)
  • Wildwood (soy yogurt)
  • Yoso (soy yogurt)

Organic Nutritional Drinks & Supplements

Nutritional Drinks with CarrageenanNutritional Drinks without Carrageenan
  • Aloe Farms Aloe Vera Juice and Gel
  • Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera
  • B.R.A.T
  • Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice*
  • NOW Aloe Vera Gel
  • PediaSmart
  • Sambazon (Acai, Acai Berry + Yerba Mate + Guarana, Supergreens Kale + Ginger, Blended Breakfast, Amazon Energy)*
  • Svelte organic protein shakes

Organic Deli Meat

Deli Meat with CarrageenanDeli Meat without Carrageenan
  • Applegate (Packaged and Sliced: Roasted Chicken, Turkey Breast, Roasted Turkey Breast, Smoked Chicken, Smoked Turkey Breast)*
  • Applegate (Roast Beef, Genoa Salami, Uncured Ham)*
  • Organic Prairie

Organic Dips

Dips with CarrageenanDips without Carrageenan
  • Marzetti’s Organic Ranch Veggie Dip
  • Simply Organic Dip Mixes

Organic Juice

Juice with CarrageenanJuice without Carrageenan
  • Lakewood (Acai Amazon Berry and Coconut)*
  • Apple and Eve
  • Columbia Gorge
  • Honest Kids
  • Knudsen’s (all flavors except Yumberry)
  • Lakewood (all flavors except Acai Amazon Berry and Coconut)*
  • Organic Valley
  • Publix
  • Santa Cruz
  • Uncle Matt’s

Organic Prepared Foods

Cereal Bars with CarrageenanCereal Bars without Carrageenan
  • There are many bars without carrageenan. Please watch the ingredients labels.
Pizza with CarrageenanPizza without Carrageenan
  • Bold Organics Dairy-Free Pizza
  • Annie’s Organic Frozen Pizza (Annie’s has removed carrageenan from its pizza, but please read labels until the older product is off the market)
  • 365 Whole Foods
  • Amy’s (70% organic)
  • Annie’s Organic Frozen Pizza (Annie’s has removed carrageenan from its pizza, but please read labels until the older product is off the market)
  • Nature’s Promise
  • Publix
  • Rising Moon Organics (70% organic)
  • Trader Joe’s (Ingredients vary in Trader Joe’s products. Please read ingredients labels carefully.)
Prepared Meals with CarrageenanPrepared Meals without Carrageenan
  • Amy’s Baked Ziti Bowl, Kids Baked Ziti Bowl, Vegetable Lasagna
  • There are many prepared meals without carrageenan. Please watch the ingredients labels.

AVOID: Conventional/“Natural” Foods with Carrageenan

Below is a partial list of conventional products containing carrageenan. This list is not comprehensive, but provides examples of categories of foods where you may not expect to find carrageenan, like nutrition bars (Balance Bars), chocolate bars (Enjoy Life), and chicken strips (Butterball and Hormel).

Always check ingredients lists carefully when purchasing foods – some of the brands listed below carry products with and without carrageenan (for example, Kraft Philadelphia fat free cream cheese contains carrageenan, whereas Kraft Philadelphia regular cream cheese is carrageenan-free).

Chocolate/Candy Bars

  • Enjoy Life ChocoBoom™ Ricemilk and Ricemilk Crunch
  • PayDay Bar

Chocolate Milk/Powder

  • Borden (also eggnog and other flavors)
  • Carnation Breakfast Essentials
  • Garelick TruMoo™
  • Hood Simply Smart
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Nestle Nesquik
  • Ovaltine
  • Promised Land (also eggnog and other flavors)
  • Stop ‘n Shop

Coffee Beverages

  • Caribou (iced cofee in the can)
  • Coconut Cafe
  • International Delight
  • Starbucks drinks with soymilk

Coffee Creamer and Half and Half

  • Friendly Farms
  • Great Value (Walmart) half & half – please read the label, some may be on the market without carrageenan
  • Hood Fat Free coffee creamer
  • International Delight coffee creamer
  • Nestle Coffeemate (Only “Natural Bliss” full fat  flavors are carrageenan-free)
  • Silk non-dairy coffee creamer
  • So Delicious Coconut Milk coffee creamer
  • So Nice non-dairy coffee creamer

Conventional Teas and Nutrition Drinks

  • Bolthouse Farms Protein PLUS and Perfectly Protein
  • Carnation Breakfast Essentials
  • Ensure
  • Nestle Boost
  • Pure Protein Shake
  • Six Star Pro Nutrition Instant Protein Smoothie
  • Slim Fast
  • Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant
  • ZICO Coconut Water (chocolate)

Dairy (cottage cheese, sour cream, ricotta cheese, yogurt, etc.)

  • Big Y Foods (part skim ricotta cheese)
  • Brown Cow (some yogurts)
  • Cabot (sweetened light whipped cream)
  • Carnation (evaporated milk)
  • Dannon (Oikos yogurt)
  • Darigold
  • Dean’s (cottage cheese)
  • Dragone (ricotta cheese)
  • Fit & Active (yogurt)
  • Friendship (non-fat cottage cheese)
  • Garelick Farms (cream)
  • Great Value (Walmart)
  • Happy Farms (Aldi Foods)
  • Kemps (sour cream and cottage cheese)
  • Kraft (cottage cheeses and Philadelphia fat free cream cheese)
  • Kroger
  • Land O’ Lakes (aerosol whipped cream, sour cream and cottage cheese)
  • Mid-America Farms
  • Nestle (Carnation evaporated milk)
  • Oberweis (chocolate milk)
  • Old Home Foods (sour cream)
  • Pathmark (skim supreme)
  • Promised Land (whipping cream)
  • Reddi-Wip
  • Roundy’s (heavy whipping cream, cottage cheese, evaporated milk, more)
  • Shamrock Farms (cottage cheese and skim plus)
  • Sinton’s (whipping cream)
  • Starbucks (yogurt)
  • Trader Joe’s
    • coffee creamer
    • cottage cheese
    • many frozen dairy desserts
    • shelf-stable whipping cream
    • sour cream
  • Westby (sour cream, yogurt, etc.)

Dairy Alternatives
Also see organic dairy alternatives in table at top of page for alternative beverages

  • 8th Continent soymilk
  • Almond Breeze (Blue Diamond)
    • almond milk
    • coconut blend
  • Almond Dream
    • almond milk: original, unsweetened, vanilla, and unsweetened vanilla
    • frozen dessert
  • Archer Farms soymilk – Target
  • Bolthouse Farms soynog
  • Blue Monkey coconut milk
  • Califia Farms almond milk
  • Chai Nog (Oregon Chai) soynog
  • Coconut Dream coconut beverages
  • Earth’s Own Almond Fresh almond milk
  • Engine 2 Plant-Strong almond milk
  • Flax USA flax milk
  • Good Karma flax milk (original, unsweetened and vanilla. Good Karma reports it has removed carrageenan as of June 2014; please check labels.)
  • Nature’s Place almond milk (unsweetened original and unsweetened vanilla)
  • Pacific Foods
    • hemp milk: unsweetened original, unsweetened vanilla and chocolate
    • rice milk
    • soymilk: all natural Select original and vanilla, all natural ultra original and vanilla
  • Rice Dream
    • frozen dessert
    • original unsweetened enriched refrigerated rice drink
  • Ryza rice milk
  • Silk
    • coconutmilk
    • soymilk and chocolate soymilk
    • soynog
  • Simple Truth Coconutmilk - Kroger
  • Simpli Oat Shakes (chocolate and coffee flavors only)
  • So Delicious
    • almond milk and almond milk plus protein
    • cultured coconut milk
    • frozen soy desserts, except mango, PB swirl and cherry amaretto (reformulating soy products to remove carrageenan, expected by end of 2013)
  • So Nice soymilk (all flavors except natural)
  • Sol (Sunrich Naturals) sunflower milk
  • Soy Dream
    • frozen dessert
    • soymilk: enriched vanilla and enriched original
  • Soy Slender (Westsoy) soymilk and chocolate soymilk
  • Starbucks (soymilk)
  • Sunflower Dream sunflower milk
  • Sunsational sunflower milk
  • Tempt (Living Harvest)
    • frozen dessert
    • hemp milk
  • Trader Joe’s
    • coconut milk
    • Soy Creamy frozen dessert
    • many other frozen desserts
  • Tofutti (all products)
  • Zico cocunut beverage (chocolate flavored)

Dairy-Free Cheese, Dips and Spreads

  • Butte Island Foods
  • Daiya (cheese slices; not cream cheese, cheese wedges or shredded cheese)
  • Dean’s
  • Go Veggie Foods
  • Lisanatti Foods
  • Marzetti’s Otria Greek Yogurt Veggie Dips (all flavors)
  • Marzetti’s Veggie Dips (all flavors)
  • Shullsburg Creamery
  • Soy Kaas
  • Trader Joe’s

Desserts

  • Dandies Vegan Marshmallows
  • Fresh & Easy Pudding
  • General Mills Fruit Gushers
  • Kozy Shack
  • Kraft Minute Tapioca
  • Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt
  • Yoplait Frozen Greek Yogurt

Dressings (Salad)

  • Bolthouse Farms Yogurt

Ice Cream

  • Ben and Jerry’s
  • Blue Bell Creameries
  • Blue Bunny
  • Breyer’s
  • Chapman’s
  • Coldstone Creamery
  • Dairy Queen
  • Edy’s
  • Friendly’s
  • Hood
  • Kemp’s
  • LaLoo’s goat milk ice cream
  • Perry’s
  • Purple Door Ice Cream
  • Sassy Cow Creamery
  • Schwan’s
  • Snickers Ice Cream Bars
  • Turkey Hill (Premium flavors only)

Infant Formula

Currently all ready-to-drink (liquid) infant formula, except Gerber Good Start, contains carrageenan. Avoid carrageenan in infant formula by buying organic powdered formula.

Meat

  • Aidells (sausage and lunchmeat)
  • Aldi (Fit & Active turkey breast and ham, Lunch Mate smoked ham)
  • Butterball (chicken breast strips)
  • Columbus Naturals (oven roasted turkey)
  • Hormel (Natural Choice carved chicken breast and smoked turkey)
  • Kroger (raw chicken)
  • Oscar Meyer (Deli-Fresh)
  • Oscar Meyer (Selects – turkey breast slow roasted)
  • Vita (Herring in Real Sour Cream)

Nutrition Bars

  • Balance Bars

Nutritional Supplements

  • Blue Bonnet Liquid Calcium Magnesium Citrate Plus Vitamin D3 (listed as “sea vegetable extract”)
  • Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics
  • Ovega-3 (in capsules)

Prepared Foods

  • Butterball Frozen Fully Cooked Turkey
  • Campbell’s (100% Natural Creamy Gouda Bisque)
  • Dempster’s tortillas
  • Gardenburger Malibu Burger
  • Gerber Graduates kids’ meals (ravioli)
  • Healthy Choice
  • Marie Callender’s pot pies
  • Rosetto Ravioli
  • many grocery store rotisserie chickens (this is not a brand, but a note to check product ingredients)

 

last updated on 10/13/2014