Children’s Food Additives

Another example of an ingredient parents need to know about, is carrageenan. Carrageenan is a common food additive extracted from red seaweed. For the past four decades, scientists have warned that the use of carrageenan in food is not safe. Animalstudies have repeatedly shown that food-grade carrageenan causes gastrointestinal inflammation and higher rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and even malignant tumors.

Unfortunately it is in a lot of the foods that our children are eating, including:

Chocolate/Candy Bars

  • Enjoy Life ChocoBoom
  • Ricemilk and Ricemilk Crunch
  • PayDay Bar

Chocolate Milk/Powder

  • Borden (also eggnog and other flavors)
  • Carnation Breakfast Essentials
  • Garelick TruMoo™
  • Hood Simply Smart
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Nestle Nesquik
  • Ovaltine
  • Promised Land (also eggnog and other flavors)
  • Stop ‘n Shop

Coffee Beverages

  • Caribou (iced cofee in the can)
  • Coconut Cafe
  • International Delight
  • Starbucks drinks with soymilk

Coffee Creamer and Half and Half

  • Friendly Farms
  • Great Value (Walmart) half & half
  • Hood Fat Free coffee creamer
  • International Delight coffee creamer
  • Nestle Coffeemate (Only “Natural Bliss” full fat flavors are carrageenan-free)
  • Silk non-dairy coffee creamer
  • So Delicious Coconut Milk coffee creamer
  • So Nice non-dairy coffee creamer

Dairy (cottage cheese, sour cream, ricotta cheese, yogurt, etc.)

  • Big Y Foods (part skim ricotta cheese)
  • Brown Cow (some yogurts)
  • Cabot (sweetened light whipped cream)
  • Carnation (evaporated milk)
  • Dannon (Oikos yogurt)
  • Darigold
  • Dean’s (cottage cheese)
  • Dragone (ricotta cheese)
  • Fit & Active (yogurt)
  • Friendship (non-fat cottage cheese)
  • Garelick Farms (cream, eggnog, whipped topping)
  • Great Value (Walmart)
  • Happy Farms (Aldi Foods)
  • Kemps (sour cream and cottage cheese)
  • Kraft (cottage cheeses and Philadelphia fat free cream cheese)
  • Kroger
  • Land O’ Lakes (aerosol whipped cream, sour cream and cottage cheese)
  • Mid-America Farms
  • Nestle (Carnation evaporated milk)
  • Oakhurst (heavy cream)
  • Oberweis (chocolate milk)
  • Old Home Foods (sour cream)
  • Pathmark (skim supreme)
  • Promised Land (whipping cream)
  • Reddi-Wip
  • Roundy’s (heavy whipping cream, cottage cheese, evaporated milk, more)
  • Shamrock Farms (cottage cheese and skim plus)
  • Sinton’s (whipping cream)
  • Starbucks (yogurt)
  • Trader Joe’s
  • coffee creamer
  • cottage cheese
  • many frozen dairy desserts
  • shelf-stable whipping cream
  • sour cream
  • Twin Brook Creamery (choclate milk and eggnog)
  • Westby (sour cream, yogurt, etc.)
  • Yogurtland

Dairy Alternatives

  • 8th Continent soymilk
  • Almond Breeze (Blue Diamond)
  • almond milk
  • coconut blend
  • Almond Dream
  • almond milk: original, unsweetened, vanilla, and unsweetened vanilla
  • frozen dessert
  • Archer Farms soymilk – Target
  • Bolthouse Farms soynog
  • Blue Monkey coconut milk
  • Califia Farms almond milk
  • Chai Nog (Oregon Chai) soynog
  • Coconut Dream coconut beverages
  • Earth’s Own Almond Fresh almond milk
  • Engine 2 Plant-Strong almond milk
  • Flax USA flax milk
  • Good Karma flax milk (original, unsweetened and vanilla. Good Karma reports it has removed carrageenan as of June 2014; please check labels.)
  • Greenway unsweetened almond milk
  • Nature’s Place almond milk (unsweetened original and unsweetened vanilla)
  • Pacific Foods
  • hemp milk: unsweetened original, unsweetened vanilla and chocolate
  • rice milk
  • soymilk: all natural Select original and vanilla, all natural ultra original and vanilla
  • Rice Dream
  • frozen dessert
  • horchata
  • original unsweetened enriched refrigerated rice drink
  • Ryza rice milk
  • Silk
  • coconutmilk
  • soymilk and chocolate soymilk
  • soynog
  • Simple Truth Coconutmilk – Kroger
  • Simpli Oat Shakes (chocolate and coffee flavors only)
  • So Delicious
  • almond milk and almond milk plus protein
  • cultured coconut milk
  • frozen soy desserts, except mango, PB swirl and cherry amaretto (reformulating soy products to remove carrageenan, expected by end of 2013)
  • So Nice soymilk (all flavors except natural)
  • Sol (Sunrich Naturals) sunflower milk
  • Soy Dream
  • frozen dessert
  • soymilk: enriched vanilla and enriched original
  • Soy Slender (Westsoy) soymilk and chocolate soymilk
  • Starbucks (soymilk)
  • Sunflower Dream sunflower milk
  • Sunsational sunflower milk
  • Trader Joe’s
  • coconut milk
  • Soy Creamy frozen dessert
  • many other frozen desserts
  • Tofutti (all products)
  • Zico cocunut beverage (chocolate flavored)

Dairy-Free Cheese, Dips and Spreads

  • Butte Island Foods
  • Daiya (cheese slices; not cream cheese, cheese wedges or shredded cheese)
  • Dean’s
  • Go Veggie Foods
  • Lisanatti Foods
  • Marzetti’s Otria Greek Yogurt Veggie Dips (all flavors)
  • Marzetti’s Veggie Dips (all flavors)
  • Shullsburg Creamery
  • Soy Kaas
  • Trader Joe’s


  • Ciao Bella Gelato
  • Dandies Vegan Marshmallows
  • Fresh & Easy Pudding
  • General Mills Fruit Gushers
  • Kozy Shack
  • Kraft Minute Tapioca
  • Little Debbie oatmeal snack cakes
  • Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt
  • Yoplait Frozen Greek Yogurt

Dressings (Salad)

  • Bolthouse Farms Yogurt

Ice Cream

  • Ben and Jerry’s
  • Blue Bell Creameries
  • Blue Bunny
  • Breyer’s
  • Chapman’s
  • Coldstone Creamery
  • Dairy Queen
  • Edy’s
  • Friendly’s
  • Hood
  • Kemp’s
  • LaLoo’s goat milk ice cream
  • Perry’s
  • Purple Door Ice Cream
  • Sassy Cow Creamery
  • Schwan’s
  • Snickers Ice Cream Bars
  • Turkey Hill (Premium flavors only)

Infant Formula

Currently all ready-to-drink (liquid) infant formula, except Gerber Good Start, contains carrageenan.


  • Aidells (sausage and lunchmeat)
  • Aldi (Fit & Active turkey breast and ham, Lunch Mate smoked ham)
  • Butterball (chicken breast strips)
  • Columbus Naturals (oven roasted turkey)
  • Hormel (Natural Choice deli meats)
  • Kroger (raw chicken)
  • Oscar Meyer (Deli-Fresh)
  • Oscar Meyer (Selects – turkey breast slow roasted)
  • Vita (Herring in Real Sour Cream)

Nutrition Bars

  • Balance Bars

Nutritional Drinks, Supplements and Teas

  • Blue Bonnet Liquid Calcium Magnesium Citrate Plus Vitamin D3
  • Bolthouse Farms Protein PLUS and Perfectly Protein
  • Carnation Breakfast Essentials
  • Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics
  • Ensure
  • Nestle Boost
  • Odwalla protein drinks
  • Ovega-3 (in capsules)
  • Pure Protein Shake
  • Six Star Pro Nutrition Instant Protein Smoothie
  • Slim Fast
  • Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant
  • ZICO Coconut Water (chocolate)

Prepared Foods

  • Buitoni Mushroom Agnolotti
  • Butterball Frozen Fully Cooked Turkey
  • Campbell’s (100% Natural Creamy Gouda Bisque)
  • Dempster’s tortillas
  • Gardenburger Malibu Burger
  • Gerber Graduates kids’ meals (ravioli)
  • Healthy Choice
  • Marie Callender’s pot pies
  • Rosetto Ravioli

I have a completely untested theory about this type of additive. I believe that it may drive a child to develop an unhealthy relationship with food very early on that can lead to either over-eating, especially foods that may be high in added sugars, or undereating/restricting in order to avoid the gastrointestinal pain caused by eating a food with carrageenan in it. The latter, I believe, may lead to Anorexia. In most of the histories that I take where a child showed very early symptoms of food avoidance (aka picky eater) that later led to restricting and ultimately Anorexia, s/he had “food allergies” from the get go. Perhaps it was a reaction to the carrageenan. Regarding the obese child, many of the foods on the list above would be those served by a mom trying to provide “healthy” meals rather than fast food. (Fast foods are LOADED with unhealthy additives.) If the foods cause gastrointestinal distress, baked goods, candy, and soft drinks would be the go-to alternative.