After making the switch to nut milk lifestyle, most people assume they are making healthier decisions for their body. However, if they are drinking nut milk from the grocery store, they are drinking a long list of ingredients and very little actual nut milk. One of these additives is carrageenan, an emulsifier, used as a thickening agent and to prevent separation.
The controversy around this ingredient stems from its history of being linked to gastrointestinal issues. Carrageenan offers no nutritional value, and is unable to be sufficiently absorbed and used by our body, leaving it to sit in the GI tract. With 70% of our immune system in our gut, it is no surprise that carrageenan has been linked to immune suppression. Along with this, it has potentially been linked to liver cancer, inflammation, ulcerative colitis, and insulin resistance. All of this begs the question, why would you drink something that is undoing all of the benefits that nut milk has to offer?
Because carrageenan is derived from seaweed, it is allowed to be labeled as a natural ingredient, but don’t be fooled by this greenwashing and don’t settle for unnecessary additives. At Burch Milk, we believe in delivering real food for real health benefits, with no fillers or additives.