Ask Dr. Gott: Food additive causing IBS

Ask Dr. Gott: Food additive causing IBS

There are 6 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Oct 21, 2008, titled Ask Dr. Gott: Food additive causing IBS. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Dear Dr. Gott: I read your column regularly and have seen articles about irritable bowel syndrome.

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Oak Harbor, WA

#1 Jan 7, 2009
I am a 63 year old male and had IBS symptoms also. I have stopped using any products using carrageenan (primarily fat free Half & Half) and the symptoms disappeared the next day. It was like a miracle!


#2 Mar 10, 2009
I believe carrageenan may have been the source of your IBS symptoms, but by no means does it make it the source of anyone else's. I have read that carrageenan can upset people's intestines, but it doesn't bother some. For instance, I have IBS and can ingest carrageenan just fine.

United States

#3 Apr 16, 2010
What can I do to stop rectal gas, it's terrible and I have it constantly
The Cornucopia Institute

Charles City, IA

#5 Apr 28, 2012
Research suggests that the food ingredient carrageenan contains degraded carrageenan, which negatively impacts gastrointestinal health and is recognized as a possible human carcinogen. Yet it is a common ingredient in foods, including organic foods. While it is unlikely that the government will take action to protect our health and remove carrageenan from conventional foods, we do have a chance to see carrageenan removed from certified organic foods. At the end of May, the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board will be voting on whether carrageenan should be removed from the list of approved ingredients in organic foods. If you agree that organic foods should be free from potentially harmful ingredients like carrageenan, please send a comment to the USDA. The more comments they receive, the more likely they are to vote to remove carrageenan (the carrageenan industry will fight tooth and nail to keep it on the list of approved ingredients). An action alert, with instructions for submitting a comment to the USDA, is available at
Cornucopia Institute

Rice, MN

#6 Mar 20, 2013
The Cornucopia Institute just released a report compiling the scientific evidence linking the food additive carrageenan to gastrointestinal inflammation and disease. The press release and report are available here: and . They're also asking people who cut carrageenan out of their diet and who noticed improvements in their gastrointestinal health to fill out an online questionnaire ( ), which is designed to assist medical researchers in better understanding the impact of carrageenan on public health.

Sterling Heights, MI

#7 Mar 24, 2013

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