Does Your Coconut or Almond Milk Contain a Known Carcinogen? Mine Does.

by Chrystal Johnson on May 31, 2012

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almond-breezeWith multiple milk sensitivities in our house, almond milk and coconut milk have become staples in our fridge.

I used to make almond milk from scratch, but recently starting buying the almond/coconut milk combo from Blue Diamond.

It’s convenient, tastes good and saves time. But is it harming my family’s health?

According to a new report – yes.

Before I get into it, if you’re drinking any sort of milk substitute, go grab it and look for this ingredient: Carrageenan.

Did you find it? I did!

carrageenenCarrageenan is a common ingredient in the majority of milk substitutes, baby formulas, cottage cheese and, sadly, even some flavored coconut waters. It’s used as a stabilizer and/or emulsifier.  And it doesn’t even matter if the product is USDA certified organic. Sigh.

I’ve seen Carrageenan over and over as an ingredient listed in packaged foods the last few years. I always thought it was a soy derivative so I’ve tried to avoid it, but not as aggressively as I should have.

Carrageenan is actually derived from red seaweed, so I totally had its source wrong. But my gut was right in telling me something just wasn’t okay with consuming it.

Recently, the Cornucopia Institute released a Video as well as a PDF Report outlining some upsetting practices between the USDA and NOSA (National Organic Standards Board (the agency regulating organic food)).

One of the most troubling issues involves an ingredient that has been deemed carcinogenic. Yep, you guess it, Carrageenan.

There are 2 “classes” of Carrageenan: food safe and approved (aka undergraded) and non-approved or non-food-safe (aka degraded). I’ll just call them food safe and non-food safe from here on out to make it clear which version I’m talking about (degraded and undegraded is just too confusing to keep straight).

There has been plenty of published, peer-reviews literature in the scientific community for decades showing that non-food-safe carrageenan is inflammatory and carcinogenic in lab animals.  In fact, non-food safe carrageenan was listed as a “possible human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 1983.

In addition, non-food-grade carrageenan has been shown to cause inflammation in rodents’ colons resembling ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

While it is well established that non-food-safe carrageenan is harmful, there have also been concerns with food-grade carrageenan dating back to the late 1970s! In fact, there are studies (including industry-funded studies) showing food-grade carrageenan is also linked to colon inflammation and colon cancer in animals. How did I not know this?

Additionally, some studies are reporting that “food-grade” carrageenan can degrade in the gastrointestinal tract to the same molecular weight/structure and non-food-grade carrageenan.

On top of that, when the industry tested food-grade carrageenan for the presence of non-food-grade carrageenan, every sample had at least some non-food grade carrageenen in it. Some samples had as much as 25% non-food-grade carrageenan.

Like I said, it doesn’t matter whether the product is organic or not (Carrageenan was approved for use in organics in 1995 and reapproved in 2008).

It just seems like there is too much controversy around carrageenen, and too much risk that it could cause colon inflammation and colon cancer. I will be steering clear of carrageenan starting now.

It’s not going to be easy though. It’s in a lot of products. This blog post over at Food Babe did a good job at outlining the major brands that use Carrageenan:

  • Blue Diamond
  • Carnation
  • Horizon
  • Pacific
  • Silk (Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk does not have it)
  • So Delicious
  • Starbucks
  • Tempt
  • Zico

Are you using any of the brands on this list? I know we are using a few of them! On my next shopping trip, I’ll be reading labels closely to see if I can make some recommendations of safer brands.

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Erin N
Twitter: healthyhomemag
May 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm

So especially frustrating that it is approved for use in organic products. Just when we think we’re doing something safer/healthier for our kids…

I just checked a couple of products in our house. Fred Meyer brand cottage cheese and Kirkland Brand (from Costco) Organic Soy milk both list Carrageenan as an ingredient. Boo.
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2 Chrystal May 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Sorry Erin. I hope you find a better alternative!

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3 Stephanie June 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Erin, it may be a blessing in disguise for you because unfermented soy (organic or not) is actually not healthy at all.

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4 Erin N
Twitter: HealthyHomeMag
June 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Stephanie – you’re absolutely right! We have made so many healthy changes and giving up my soy milk was one I just hadn’t been willing to do yet. But this pushed me over the edge and it is officially out of our house.
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5 Jess August 13, 2012 at 10:56 am

Saying that any unfermented soy is unhealthy is an false, blanket statement. Yes, there are tons of unhealthy processed soy products out there, but eating soy in and of itself is perfectly healthy. I am pretty sure the Japanese have been doing for thousands of years, and this includes fermented soy and non-fermented soy. Just please watch the overreaching statements of opinion and not fact.

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6 Missie January 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Well, seeing how Monsanto owns soy,it is NOT healthy AT ALL! Monsanto will have us all dying of cancer soon enough. I avoid all soy products. Saying that the Japanese have been using soy products for thousands of years really has nothing to do with the fact that Monsanto has ruined most products for us. It is becoming very hard to eat healthy and with out GMO products. Farmers markets are the way to go, but having to know what those farmers use and not use is tricky. You dont want to be buying from a local farmer that may have used any of Monsantos “organic” anything, or their neighbor had used something that would affect their crops…. This Monsanto thing is getting ridiculous and they need to STOP what they are doing. We need to BAN MONSTANTO,

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7 Haley January 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm
8 Alicia February 10, 2013 at 11:24 am

Come on!
You are comparing two completely different cultures here! The US is known for their corrupted generated mass productive companies that will do anything-including put the good citizens of America in danger-for a major profit. The Japanese on the other hand, have implemented the Soybean Trust Movement since 2004, a trust that protests against GMO soybean crops. My point is the soy based products here in the US are known to be particularly dangerous to consume because the risk of eating GM soy is much greater than in Japan. Ever heard of MONSANTO??

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9 MitchS July 22, 2013 at 8:57 am

All legumes are toxic inflammatories. peanuts and soy included.

10 christa February 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

jess, yes the Japanese have been eating soy for thousands of years, but originally Buddhist monks used soy to lessen their drive to help them meditate. it makes one more docile and less sexual. sure there is lots of vitamin e but there is as much estrogen in a cup of soy milk as a birth control pill. its not exactly the same estrogen so you can’t substitute it for birth control just encase you were wondering. the only people that could benefit from the extra estrogen are women over 50.

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11 Nancy September 10, 2013 at 7:59 am

Soy milk is GMO and an endocrine disruptor. No one should drink soy milk or eat soy products unless they are miso, tempeh and natto. There is strong evidence that it is not good for us, and even worse to feed to children. Please read: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/10/07/the-evidence-against-soy.aspx

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12 Misty Leask May 31, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Ugh. My coconut milk has it. My soy milk has it. Once again back to the drawing board. :( Thanks for the info Chrystal though.

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13 Chrystal May 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm

You’re welcome Misty. The other problem with these beverages is that they contain synthetic vitamins (which are often derived from petroleum), which makes them a bad choice there too.

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14 Alex May 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Yea, I my silk unsweetened almond milk doesn’t have the ingredient in this article, but it contains synthetic vitamins. Whats the point!? Silk, I’ll get my vitamins from their true sources, thank you.

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15 Suzanne Moraz June 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Try Aroy-D coconut milk. No carrageenan and they sell it at Amazon in small 6 packs or the larger containers.

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16 Shai Smith
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May 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I both love and hate you for posting this.
>>off to raid the fridge<.<!
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17 Chrystal May 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I hated learning about it! I guess I need to either start making my own almond milk again, or try goat’s milk?

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18 November December 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Chrystal,
As kids, my younger brother had milk allergies. The whole family switched to goats milk. My father then tested positive for TB! Apparently goats milk will cause a positive TB result -even if you don’t have it (he was the only one being tested though). It was a mess for him as a government employee.
Just wanted to warn you :)
November

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19 Chrystal Johnson December 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Interesting fact! Unfortunately I have learned that casein is also in goat’s milk so it’s not an option for me.

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20 Tania October 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm

The casein in goat’s milk is A2 whereas the one in Cow’s milk is A1. Human breastmilk contains A2 as do all other mammals. Certain breeds of cow underwent a genetic mutation 5oo0 years ago that created this indigestible A1 protein and it is now present in almost all cow dairy. I just read “the devil in the milk” and it explains all of this in great scientific detail if you are interested.

21 Ashley May 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Eeeek! Not good. Please update us with brand alternatives if you find them!

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22 Maria January 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm

The 365 organic almond milk from Whole Foods doesn’t have it.

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23 Brian June 28, 2013 at 9:17 am

We love the 365 Almond milk, but now the problem is that A) Whole Foods has gotten into bed with Monsanto, and B) they have “temporarily suspended production of the almond milks” for some unknown reason. So I would be very mindful of any 365 products now :( We may find that they require a full boycott on our part. We shall see.

By the way, these apps for Iphone and Android is very helpful… Buycott and Fooducate. Check them out!

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24 Chrystal Johnson June 28, 2013 at 11:08 am

Sad news! I think we’re going to go back to raw milk and hopefully phase out the almond milk as much as possible. The synthetic vitamins are also a huge concern for me.

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25 tim March 24, 2014 at 6:29 am

Dairy milk also contains fortified vitamins. The pasteurization process removes a lot of the vitamin content, so they have to fortify with synthetics. You should be more worried about the casein content in cow’s milk. I buy Simple Truth Almond Milk from Kroger. It is carageenan free. Silk has now removed it from their almond milk as well.

26 Kate May 17, 2014 at 9:38 am

Response to Tim (couldn’t reply directly for some reason) – raw milk does not contain fortified vitamins, and is not pasteurized.

27 Denise C June 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

I don’t really use any of those products, but I know I’ve seen carrageenan in other ingredients listings before. Is there anything out there that is actually safe to eat? It doesn’t seem like it.

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28 Chrystal June 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

There are plenty of things that are safe to eat – mainly organic whole foods!

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29 Mandana June 1, 2012 at 11:59 am

I have a neat appliance called SoyQuick and you don’t have to use soy – you pick the nut or bean you want to make your beverage from. It can also make tofu. Anyway, it’s one way around these problems!

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30 Erin N
Twitter: HealthyHomeMag
June 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm

That sounds perfect – I’m looking into it now – thanks for the recommendation!
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31 Erin N
Twitter: HealthyHomeMag
June 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Just wanted to share a couple of other products that I found Carrageenan in today:

Horizon Organic Milk (the kind in the little Tetra Paks)
Ah!laska Organic Cocoa

Cocoa that does not have it: Equal Exchange

Will post more brands as I come across them. Thank you again for shedding light on this!
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32 Jillian
Twitter: healthcoachjd
June 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

Thanks for this info! I always wondered about carageenan…
The Whole Foods 365 brand makes organic almond milk. No carageenan!
I’m sad to see that my Trader Joe’s coconut milk in a box does have it, though. I will see if 365 makes coconut milk in boxes. I like to avoid cans.
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33 Christine @ Mama Papa Barn
Twitter: _tubbytelly
June 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I have tried to avoid carageenan due to it’s being an allergen to may allergic prone son. I find that it is added to everything that has calcium and vitamin d. I really don’t like that. Now that I have read your post I am even more reluctant to let my son consume it. We use trader joe’s organic soy milk and it has it as well.
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34 jacky @ small home love June 13, 2012 at 6:44 am

It’s terrible that there’s so much bad stuff in everything we eat. All the food companies care about is making money. Thanks for the info, I didn’t know that about carageenan. I will be looking out for it on my next shopping trip.
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35 Carrie Swain July 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm

We use the Native Forest Can Whole fast Coconut milk and make our own almond milk as well.

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36 Kathleen July 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

I have the Silk almond milk (unsweetened) and it does not list carageenan as an ingredient. Maybe the other varieties of Silk almond milk do?

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37 Chrystal July 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I believe that is the one version of the silk almond milk that doesn’t contain carageenan. The unsweetened vanilla almond milk does have it, however.

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38 Johnson April 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Do not buy Silk products as they put a lot of money againstthe Cali label law that was shot down. They are NOT to be trusted!!!

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39 Marina January 11, 2014 at 8:57 am

Thank you for sharing that Johnson! It is true, I remember reading about that through OCA….SILK PRODUCTS ARE A TRAITOR BRAND WHO DID INVEST FUNDS TO FIGHT THE CALIFORNIA GMO LABELING LAW….NO, THEY ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED! THANKS FOR THE REMINDER!!!

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40 Angela July 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I have the silk almond milk unsweetened and it does not have it in it.

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41 Chrystal July 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Yes, that’s the only silk one that doesn’t have it, but the unsweetened vanilla does – so strange.

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42 kim October 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

silk almond dark choc does not have it

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43 Chrystal October 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Good to know. It appears Silk isn’t using it in many of their almond milk products now.

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44 Kaila July 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I just looked at my Silk vanilla almond milk and it doesn’t have it listed but my Blue Diamond Vanilla did.

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45 Scott C January 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Why does Almond Breeze® contain Carageenan?

Carrageenan is used to stabilize Almond Breeze. It is naturally extracted from seaweed and approved for use in foods as an emulsifier and thickener. The Carrageenan that is used in the Almond Breeze formula is not to be confused with the degraded version that is chemically different and used solely for industrial applications.

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46 Danielle July 19, 2012 at 7:09 am

I use TJ’s brand coconut milk and it has it and my son eats so delicious coconut yogurt which has it too. We are both allergic to almonds so can’t do that. I have never seen any other coconut yogurts out there?? Any suggestions?

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47 Jared
Twitter: d2fitness
July 20, 2012 at 7:57 am

I switched to rice milk months ago…hopefully it won’t be next. :/

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48 Britt September 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm

And now the concern for arsenic levels in rice has presented itself and thus back to the board for a milk product. We’ve been using rice milk from TJ’s for well over one year and close to two. I’m terrified of what I may have done to my precious boys.

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49 Tonia Miller July 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm

If you have a Sprouts near you, their brand of Almond milk does not have Carrageenan in it. Yay! And in San Diego, they are 2 for $5 right now! I just stocked up! :-)

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50 Nicole September 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

The Silk Vanilla Unsweetened Almond does not have carageenan. Has anyone heard anything about Vitamin A Palmitate being bad for you? Even the Vitamin D2 they add can be bad too?

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51 Chrystal September 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Yes! I’ve noticed that the Silk Unsweetened varieties don’t have it. I need to research Vitamin A some more, but that is the form of Vitamin A that we are warned against putting on our skin since it has been shown to promote skin cancer. Here’s what I wrote about Vitamin D: http://www.happy-mothering.com/08/health-2/nutrition-health-2/vitamin-d-deficiency-how-to-meet-your-needs/

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52 Tina Kelly September 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Hi I just some silk chocolate milk it does not contain carragen. It has locust bean gum which I hope is safe and Gellan Gum which seem to be two thickeners.

I found this article about Gellan Gum and thought to share. I am trying to find a safe alternative to milk for my 5 year old and she seems to like the Almond Milks and Soy Milks because she does not like dairy milk at all. I feel like eveytime I choose something even it if is organic or GMO free there is something else wrong with it… Very frustrationg..

http://macnmos.com/2012/01/fun-gum-guar-gellan-and-ask-the-dietitian-friday/

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53 Chrystal September 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Making your own almond milk is really easy! I don’t recommend soy milk.

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54 Nancy November 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I just checked and Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk and Daisy cottage cheese doesn’t have carrageenan.

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55 Chrystal Johnson November 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Yep, Silk Unsweetened is the way to go!

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56 JR March 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

You should not support the Silk brand. They spent over $250,000.00 to help squash the Prop 37 campaign in California to help label GMO’s.

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57 Chrystal Johnson March 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm

That is a very good point JR. I do like that their almond milk is non-GMO project verified, but I am disappointed that they supported No on Prop 37. Another push to get back to making it from scratch.

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58 Darla April 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

Thank you JR for sharing-very insightful.
You mentioned Crystal that Silks almond milk is non-GMO project verified….why on earth then would they pay $250,000 to help squash the prop 37 campaign in California that would help label GMO’s? Are many of their other products genetically modified?
I don’t have an answer. What I am saying is that it is nonsensical…fishy business. VERY Bad business practices for Silk, unethical to say the least. Why would anyone support a business that is trying to squash propositions that would promote accountability and good health?

59 Susan March 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I contacted Silk last year regarding the carrageenan in the soy/almond milks. They said their customers liked it…and sent me coupons..no thanks..I do not want it. Nor do I want Palminate A in my drinks. Depressing and very difficult to find unadulterated almond/coconut/rice milks. Any suggestions????
Also where to buy pesticide free almonds to make own almond milk – 10 pounds is a lot to buy for one person (found site on the net)…

60 Michelle November 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I buy our almond milk at Fresh & Easy. It is organic and I just checked the label-no carrageenan, yay! However, the coconut milk does. I’m so disappointed in So Delicious because I loooove their products!

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61 DrMommy November 28, 2012 at 7:09 am

Oh no! Both my organic almond milk (Pacific, I believe, from Trader Joe’s) and the coconut milk from TJ’s have it listed. I’m tempted to go to Fresh and Easy today, but we have boycotted Silk due to prop 37/Gmo labeling. Uggh.

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62 So January 3, 2013 at 11:53 am

This is a link from the Cornucopia Institute that includes a shopping guide with products that are carrageenan free!

http://www.cornucopia.org/shopping-guide-to-avoiding-organic-foods-with-carrageenan/

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63 Tara February 17, 2013 at 6:10 am

Best solution is making your own! Once you get in the habit, it’s not a problem. Just soak your almonds over night, blend with water in the AM and strain — make enough for a couple of days :)

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64 AlannaB February 21, 2013 at 7:28 am

Omg! I am so happy that I came across this post! Luckily we are using the unsweetened silk almond milk because I am trying to limit the amount of sugar consumed.
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65 Jesica H March 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Once again spot on with your information. I have been reading so many labels lately and seeing this more and more. Every time I saw it my gut said avoid it, just like yours did. One label did go so far as to tell me it was derived from seaweed…which made me think it was a little better than it actually is. Thanks for sharing and I’ll go back to avoiding again!
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66 Chrystal Johnson March 2, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Thanks Jesica. It is derived from seaweed, but it’s highly processed and, like so many processed ingredients, not good for your health!

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67 Lolis March 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm

So I have been more aware of what I eat and feed my family I have become the “chief of health” for my family. What is insane is I did not realize how much control our government has in our food and then again to find out how they allow large corporations to ruin our health by neglecting our food safety. I may be a little late but today I saw the movie “Food Inc.” for those of you who don’t believe in eating organic, this film will change the way you shop and second guess what you consume. To think that us as a society are progressing and revolutionizing and improving the world but in reality it appears that as a high tech nation we are finding ways to eradicate each and one of us little by little without remorse. Just thought I’d share this…. GO ORGANIC!!!

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68 Bob
Twitter: SharpeFitX
March 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Wow great job on this Chrystal. My wife and I just reviewed this and are quite shocked at Almond Milk ingredient. We were looking at some alternatives, and were looking at rice milk. Of course at least we can feel good about water – or at least I hope!
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69 Chrystal Johnson March 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Thank you Bob! There is the arsenic concern with rice milk, so be careful there. The best is always making your own!

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70 Caylon March 25, 2013 at 7:47 am

Silk no longer uses carrageenan in any of their Almond milks.

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71 Kristen March 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm

We began making our own almond milk a couple of months ago. It is so easy, inexpensive, quick, tastes amazingly better and uses 4 ingredients.
Soaked raw almonds, filtered water, vanilla and optional sweetner such as vanilla stevia drops or a couple of raw dates. Blend (hopefully you have a vitamix for quicker) until all liquid, pour through a thin towel or milk bag into your container, squeeze or milk it. You will have the almond pulp left over in the towel or bag, which you can reuse if you like and your delicious homemade almond milk! Then try cashew and hemp! You won’t want to go back to store bought brand.

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72 joe April 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Wow….
I am so upset over this. With our vi……mix blender my wife and I have been doing a real nice job being healthy, now only to discover this. How can any one win….?
Even trying to eat healthy can kill you. (my opinion).
Is there a link or a list of common foods and brands to look at.
Thanks…joe

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73 Chrystal Johnson April 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm
74 Nasreen May 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm

does anyone know if some brands of almond milk contain Casein or gluten? I’ve read that some thickening agents added to certain almond milks may contain some gluten or casein! Is that true??
Thanks.

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75 Rachel @ Rachel's Giveaways August 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I realize this is an old post but thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’m pregnant and have been eating lots of Publix cottage cheese for protein, and I see that it contains this ingredient. I feel like the more I learn, the less is safe to eat. Frustrating since I don’t have time to make my own food and drinks from scratch all day!

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76 Kelli August 13, 2013 at 9:12 am

Thanks for the heads’ up.

FYI: Silk “Fruit and Protein” drinks do not contain it. It is made with Certified Non-GMO soy milk. Yea!

Simple Truth Organic Chocolate Almond Milk does not contain it, so I am guessing other Simple Truth flavors don’t either. Yea!

My So Delicious Coconut milk contains it (sigh), so I guess I’m off to find another brand for that. Sprouts has it’s own line, so I’ll check that.

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77 Jordann January 21, 2014 at 7:29 am

Can confirm Simple Truth Organic vanilla almond milk does not include it either.

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78 Terri September 30, 2013 at 5:33 am

I almost purchased Silk almond milk yesterday from Earth Fare until I read the ingredients and one of them is titanium dioxide! That doesn’t sound good at all. I decided to wait (on purchasing) until I research that ingredient. My brother, when he lived in Ohio had a safety inspector job at a titanium plant and it is a dangerous product and requires safety precautions (he didn’t work there long!) Today, I googled the Silk ingredients and they do NOT list that ingredient online. I wonder why? Anybody know anything about titanium dioxide??

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79 Greg June 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

It is used as a whitener. It is also a common ingredient in sunblock.

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80 Juan October 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I thought mabe someone would find this interesting. To carry the usda Organic label a product only needs to be 75% Organic. Companies like Whole Foods exploit consumers by presenting theirselves as an environmentally safe company when in fact they generate the most waste compared to others. Additionally, there main concern is exploitation, you can just ask the local vendors that thought they were getting a good deal tell Whole foods stole there idea and product. Companies that pretend to be something they are not is such a shame!

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81 sky October 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

FYI : none of Silk Almond milk varieties use carageenen now

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82 Chrystal Johnson October 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Yep, I’m glad to see they were responsive!

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83 Jane Peters December 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I can’t stand carrageenan. It irritates my throat bad. Why on earth this is put is so many foods in beyond me. I won’t buy anything that contains it. Food companies say it’s organic or natural. But guess what? So is mud. But I don’t want to that either.

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84 jamie December 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Hey, I make creams and toothpaste w/arrowroot powder. My daughter was scrolling around on internet and said, hey mom, did you did you know arrowroot is GMO? I’ve tried to find organic arrowroot…very hard. Do you have a good source. Thanks, Jamie

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85 Chrystal Johnson December 17, 2013 at 10:38 am

I don’t believe Arrowroot is GMO at this time, but if you’re looking for organic, try this: http://amzn.to/ISTuXB

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86 Elbrodee December 26, 2013 at 2:04 am

A note to remember about almond milk: since American almonds are pasteurized (many with PPO, and even the organic variety with steam treatment, making them very un-raw), almond milk becomes no better of a choice than soy beverages, with or without carrageenan present in the almond milk. The only solution is making one’s own beverages at home. Rather a daunting task for the hustle & bustle (especially those travelling regularly: what does one do on the road?)

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87 MissyE January 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Anybody know anything about titanium dioxide?? (from Terri’s Sep 30 post)
Any insight/replies to Terri’s Sept 30 post on Silk almond milk ?

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88 Lisa January 7, 2014 at 4:42 pm

So, what is a carrageenen-free brand of almond milk? Any recommendations? Thank you.

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89 Chrystal Johnson January 8, 2014 at 8:00 am

Silk Unsweetened is what we use. But it still has synthetic vitamins, so it’s always better to make your own!

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90 Connie January 16, 2014 at 7:01 am

This blog states that Silk (unsweetened) Almond Milk does NOT contain Carrageenan. However, the last time I checked, it did in fact list Carrageenan as an ingredient, so I stopped drinking it. Perhaps, it was added after this blog was written?

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91 Chrystal Johnson January 16, 2014 at 8:47 am

Interesting. That’s what I have in my fridge now and there is no carrageenan in it. You have the unsweetened original and it has carrageenan?

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92 Margot C
Twitter: AnnaZed
January 25, 2014 at 10:52 pm

I don’t want to be rude but why are you buying this sweetened stuff anyway? I never touch it.

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93 Chrystal Johnson January 25, 2014 at 11:40 pm

I only buy unsweetened…

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94 Margot C
Twitter: AnnaZed
January 26, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I was just that the label that you showed was for that. I buy Almond milk at Fresh & Easy Market,

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95 Carley Mortland January 31, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Simple truth (Kroger brand) vanilla almond milk doesn’t have it :)

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96 Marissa February 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm

This made me really look at the ingredients on my Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk and I was surprised that I didn’t find carrageenan in the ingredients! Now granted that doesn’t mean that it isn’t in there, companies constantly hide things in their products, but for now I think I’ll stick with it :) I absolutely loathe normal milk and I’m lactose intolerant. I’ve yet to try the coconut almond milk, as I despise coconut, and I don’t like vanilla flavoured or unsweetened things. I’m slowly trying to wean my teenage self off of sweets before I go to college this summer and my Silk is the only thing I’m attempting to cling onto xD I’ve a pretty bad calcium deficiency so I’ve been taking vitamins and drinking about a glass every two days of the almond milk :) Its pretty tasty. But its scary thinking about that carrageenan in everything and it really makes me worry. I’ll have to educate my parents and brother on it and try to find healthier alternatives to some foods that have it.

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97 jamie February 21, 2014 at 9:46 am

http://chriskresser.com/harmful-or-harmless-carrageenan
Here is another article on safety of carrageenan. It is not a known carcinogen if you look at the studies but may cause some other problems according to article.

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98 Amanda H February 25, 2014 at 11:52 am

Full Circle brand Almond Milk does not contain carrageenen. I just checked.

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99 Elaine Starr February 26, 2014 at 7:39 am

Someone may already have posted this information, but I wanted to share just in case. It looks like the So Delicious brand is actively working towards releasing reformulated products without carrageenan. According to their webpage http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/blog/just-what-is-carrageenan/, they plan to have them available to consumers early this year.

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100 frank April 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm

What do I drink then? I need calcium

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101 Remy Tran April 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Just recently discovered that almond breeze contains carrageenan after drinking it for quite some time now. Plan to start making my own almond milk however dont always have the time for that. Was wondering if anybody could recommend a healthy alternative. Was considering Silk unsweetened almond milk but heard some nasty news that they use GMO’s. Was also considering organic coconut milk. Any recommendations there? Sort of lost at this point. Just want something healthy to eat with my cereal…lolz.

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102 Chrystal Johnson April 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm

The Silk almond milk we buy is also Non-GMO Project Verified. I also discovered that Silk has taken the carrageenan out of their almond-coconut blend! Bought some the other day. Don’t love the synthetic vitamins, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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103 Nicole Delguyd May 2, 2014 at 5:48 am

365 Organic Vanilla Almond Milk from Whole Foods;)

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104 Natalie April 14, 2014 at 8:16 am

Chrystal,

Do you know of any organic almond milk brands that don’t have carageenan in them?

Thanks,
Natalie

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105 Chrystal Johnson April 14, 2014 at 9:10 am

We don’t have organic almond milk available where I live. Silk (not organic, but it is Non-GMO Project Verified) doesn’t have it anymore.

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106 Nicole Delguyd May 2, 2014 at 5:47 am

365 organic vanilla almond milk from Whole Foods does not contain this!!

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107 Claudia April 17, 2014 at 6:12 am

Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk does not contain carrageenan neither!

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108 Nicole Delguyd May 2, 2014 at 5:43 am

I found an organic vanilla almond milk without this ingredient! It is from Whole Foods called 365! ;)

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109 Gigi July 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Wouldn’t the risk of carrageenan depend on how much is in the product? I imagine the animal testing was with probably hundreds more times the amount that is in the almond milk. Some things are bad in mass quantities but safe in tiny amounts. Have you looked into this?

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110 Chrystal Johnson October 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm

That is very true, although there are breeds of cows that produce the A2 protein.

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