This is the first report of the impact of carrageenan on glucose tolerance and shows that carrageenan impairs glucose tolerance, increases insulin resistance, and inhibits insulin signaling.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 19, 2011
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, supports a recent clinical study that found a common food additive, carrageenan, could lead to glucose intolerance and insulin resistance.
As reported in the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/this-common-food-additive-could-up-your-risk-for-diabetes) researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago studied the impact of carrageenan on glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity and insulin signaling in mice. They noted at the outset of the study that carrageenan is known to cause inflammation, which is associated with diabetes.
The mice were given carrageenan in their drinking water, and underwent a glucose tolerance test and an insulin tolerance test. The researchers found that glucose tolerance was significantly impaired in carrageenan-treated mice compared with untreated controls.
The researchers say this is the first report of the impact of carrageenan on glucose tolerance and shows that carrageenan impairs glucose tolerance, increases insulin resistance, and inhibits insulin signaling. They suggest that these effects may result from carrageenan-induced inflammation. They concluded by stating directly that carrageenan in the human diet may contribute to the development of diabetes.
Carrageenan is used as a thickening agent. It is processed from seaweed or algae. Carrageenan is often added to milk products. It also crops up in wines and beers, sliced meats, and even toothpaste.
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