Saturday, May 29, 2010

Kirkland Signature Organic Plain Soymilk Ingredients

Organic Soymilk (Filtered Water, Whole Organic Soybeans), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Tricalcium Citrate, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Natural Flavors, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin B12

Personal Comments:

This milk has a high amount of Potassium, which would partially explain why I like it so much. I believe Carrageenan is often mistaken for Cinnamon. There are certain candies which have this ingredient which claim to be Cinnamon flavored. Cinnamon is from a tree and Carrageenan is from the sea. Also it can be seen in Rice Dream's Horchata drink the ingredients:
Ingredients: filtered water, brown rice (partially milled), dehydrated cane juice, expeller pressed high oleic safflower oil and/or sunflower oil and/or canola oil, rice flour, natural flavors, spice, carrageenan.

Compare that with the description:
RICE DREAM blended with the perfect touch of cinnamon and vanilla is a hit with horchata lovers, and those who are looking for a more exotic taste in their RICE DREAM assortment.

Of course it's entirely possible that the 'spice' is cinnamon, but compare that with candies that are supposedly cinnamon flavor, and it seems as though you can compare cinnamon and carrageenan to chocolate and carob. In conclusion, it seems as though Carrageenan might be a Cinnamon substitute. I really don't know. I'm going to have to make more observations.

In the meantime, feel free to compare the following articles:

It's noteworthy that there is an asian variety of cinnamon called cassia, as well as the fact that the cinnamons, while coppery brown in color might be a similiar color to the carrageenan, which is referred to as a red seaweed. Pictures of actual carrageenan are somewhat lacking. At any rate, it would appear that carrageenan may not be proper food for a woman pregnant or seeking to become pregnant, as there are a few articles that I glanced at which mentioned something negative about carrageenan's role with reproduction.

All I can say is...pay attention to the labels...Probably the thing of it is that the milk containers which have carrageenan in the ingredients list do say clearly on them "NOT TO BE USED AS INFANT FORMULA." If eating or drinking something doesn't feel right, find something else to eat or drink! This is a very good thing to keep in mind at all times. And whenever I see capital letters, I beware. Another Side point is that they also say on them "REFRIGERATE AFTER OPENING". I'm terrible with this, and as a result I throw out a lot of unused milk. But that's because I have a very low tolerance for cold liquids. Better to throw it out because it doesn't taste quite right than to drink it or eat it and get sick.

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