Between work and just life in general this week has pretty much sucked…. Today is the first day off that I have had from both jobs in over a week, and of course I was unable to catch up on all the sleep I have been missing. It never seems to fail, you can always get comfy, cozy in bed on the days that you have to get up early for work, but on the days you can sleep late, sleep always seems to be elusive.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, I learned of yet another ingredient that was in some of the foods we were using that, while made from a natural ingredient, are less than good for you. For those of you that have gone through the process of going gluten free, or who are currently going through the so called gluten detox, you probably are more than well aware of how frustrating it can be.
About 10 months ago, my husband and I stopped using regular milk and we switched to almond milk. We always liked the Blue Diamond nuts, so we figured their almond milk should be just as good so we decided to give it a try, completely unaware of the ingredients it contained. Well, this past monday one of my Facebook friends posted an article regarding the so called natural ingredient called Carrageenan. Odds are you have probably seen this in some organic foods, sometimes followed by seaweed in parentheses.
I, like many of you, figured this ingredient was fine, until I read the truth about this ingredient. It is commonly used as a thickening agent in milk substitutes, yogurt, and other organic products. While that doesn’t sound harmful, what really freaked me out was what this so called “natural” ingredient does to the body. It actually causes inflammation, which if you are currently trying to heal yourself from inflammation from gluten, this ingredient acts as a roadblock in the healing process. It keeps feeding the unhappiness in your system.
If you have read my previous posts, you probably know that I have been less than happy with this entire process, and I was starting to wonder why the hell I felt stuck. Not feeling better, yet not feeling worse like when I used to eat gluten. Then to find out that something we thought was better for us was actually doing us more harm. Especially when an article I read by Dr. Weil about this same subject specifically stated to not ingest this ingredient especially if you are dealing with some form of IBS. So why the hell is this ingredient allowed in foods? Especially those that market themselves as being better for you since they are “organic”. I have even seen it in uncured deli meat in the grocery store.
We have since switched to the Silk Almond Milk since it at least does not have this ingredient, and I will have to say that I am actually starting to feel a little bit better, even though I am still tired most days, but I attribute that to working 2 jobs, and not necessarily the food. You can learn more about this ingredient here: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401181/Is-Carrageenan-Safe.html
And if you find yourself suffering the way I have been, take a look at the ingredients in the products in your fridge, you may find you have also been poisoning yourself with this ingredient and not even known it!