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September 2005 Issue

Carageenan: Unsafe Rumors Unfounded for Natural Additive

Q. I've seen carrageenan listed as an ingredient in several foods, but I've read that it might not be safe. What exactly is it and is it safe to eat?
A. Relax, there's little to worry about. Carrageenan is a gum extracted from red seaweed or algae. It's used as a food thickener, and fat replacement in many products.

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