Consumption of carrageenan and other water-soluble polymers used as food additives and incidence of mammary carcinoma.

@article{Tobacman2001ConsumptionOC,
  title={Consumption of carrageenan and other water-soluble polymers used as food additives and incidence of mammary carcinoma.},
  author={Joanne K. Tobacman and Robert B. Wallace and Miriam Bridget Zimmerman},
  journal={Medical hypotheses},
  year={2001},
  volume={56 5},
  pages={
          589-98
        }
}
This study examined the hypothesis that the increasing incidence of mammary carcinoma in the USA in the twentieth century may be related to the consumption of carrageenan and possibly other water-soluble polymers. Widely used as food additives in the Western diet, the water-soluble polymers, also known as gums, are generally regarded as inert. However, the gum carrageenan which is comprised of linked, sulfated galactose residues has potent biological activity and undergoes acid hydrolysis to… CONTINUE READING
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