A Quick Look at Seaweed: Carrageenan

Carrageenan, which comes from a seaweed known as Irish Moss, is a naturally occurring food extract used to improve and fortify many foods on the market today. While it has faced some very public backlash in the past several years at the hands of professional lobbyists and malaligned special interest groups, we are here to set…

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How Brands Got It Wrong

How many times has one of your favorite food products changed its recipe (or price) suddenly, leaving you scrambling to find an alternative? When a brand decides to pull a formula from the shelves, it is ultimately in some way the result of the pressures of the free market. While sometimes it just happens to…

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What You Need to Know About Inflammation

Plenty of supplements and treatments on the market today claim to fight the dreaded, vague, modern plague that is inflammation. Inflammation is a natural immune process by which the body shields itself from attack when faced with potentially harmful processes. It is an immune response like any other, but overactivity in this part of the…

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Don’t Fall for “Alternative Facts”

We hear a lot about “fake news” these days, but unfortunately, it’s been around for a lot longer than most realize in the realm of food safety. The natural seaweed source carrageenan has been used in Ireland since 400 AD as a home remedy to cure coughs and colds. When processed, it can be changed…

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How Special Interest Groups Gave a Natural Ingredient a Bad Rap

Every special interest group inherently has an agenda—it’s literally in the name. While many surface-level arguments coming from advocacy organizations seem to have a clear message (“Organic is good!” ), many shoppers don’t seem to realize where these biases come from, or how—or what—is often influencing these groups. The Problem with Picking and Choosing Ideologies…

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Do Special Interests Have Your Interest at Heart?

Nearly all of the negative misinformation out there surrounding otherwise innocuous ingredients can be traced back not to scientists, but to seemingly well-meaning interest groups. But how well do these “consumer protectors” really know their consumers’ needs? While on the surface, these “watchdog groups” may seem to be advocates for health-conscious families, yet there’s often…

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Busted: Faulty Food Myths

Despite its humble background, carrageenan has been the subject of a lot of unearned backlash. With opinions buzzing worldwide regarding untruthful claims touted by a dizzying array of sources with questionable agendas, we figured that it was time for a lightning round clarification session on the seaweed extract. Fact vs. Fiction: Common Carrageenan Claims Myth:…

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Feeding the World Is No Small Task

Sustainability is a buzzword in the global farming scene these days. But what does it take to replace ecologically draining farming practices with smarter, long-lasting ones—and, more realistically, what does this mean for you in the grocery store? Aquaculture: the way of the future! In terms of global capital, the ocean, which covers about 70…

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Science and Seaweed—Learn the Facts

While it might not seem appetizing at first glance, seaweed and seaweed derivatives are an essential aspect of the modern diet. For good reason, too. As demand for variety and improved nutrition profiles in processed foods is met with increasingly globalized needs for long-lasting, shelf-stable foods, scientists now more than ever are relying on new…

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How Accurate Is Your Study?

As the adage goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease—or in the case of food science, the ban. Today, the institutions tasked with informing the public about the factual makeup of regulated foods are finding many audiences irrationally skeptical of legitimate studies or easily buying into suspect studies when it comes to new or developing…

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