Review of harmful gastrointestinal effects of carrageenan in animal experiments.

@article{Tobacman2001ReviewOH,
  title={Review of harmful gastrointestinal effects of carrageenan in animal experiments.},
  author={J. Tobacman},
  journal={Environmental Health Perspectives},
  year={2001},
  volume={109},
  pages={983 - 994}
}
  • J. Tobacman
  • Published 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Environmental Health Perspectives
In this article I review the association between exposure to carrageenan and the occurrence of colonic ulcerations and gastrointestinal neoplasms in animal models. Although the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 1982 identified sufficient evidence for the carcinogenicity of degraded carrageenan in animals to regard it as posing a carcinogenic risk to humans, carrageenan is still used widely as a thickener, stabilizer, and texturizer in a variety of processed foods prevalent in the… Expand
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