Carrageenan is made from parts of various red algae or seaweeds and is used in skin care, nutritional drinks & medicine.
The source of confusion and misinformation regarding carrageenan stems from people not knowing that there are two different types that result from different ways of processing the polysaccharides that are extracted from seaweed: Carageenan vesus poligeenan. Poligeenan is not allowed in food or cosmetics.
The WHO group JECFA that determines cancer causing sources states it does not cause cancer.
The FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) has declared Caregeenan safe for infant formulas.
The Cornucopia institute http://www.cornucopia.org/carrageenan-2013/ has stated Carageenan is cancerous and based this ‘cancer’ causing agent on a test done in a petry dish.
Carrageenan contains chemicals that may decrease stomach and intestinal secretions. Large amounts of carrageenan seem to pull water into the intestine, and this may explain why it is tried as a laxative. It can be 'binding' in the intestines and this is where the major controversary against it stems from. It is NOT harmful in Cosmetics/Skin Care and is a safe natural replacement to synthtic/Toxic Emulsifiers.
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