Irish Moss and Agar Agar ok?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 22, 2011 at 3:19 AM

I am coming from a mostly raw vegan diet, and transitioning to Paleo. I know that carrageenan is supposedly quite awful for you, and I'm really looking for it on labels. However, I used Irish Moss a lot in raw desserts before. Irish Moss is what carrageenan is derived from, but it's the whole food version. I always felt fine after eating it, and have read about it's many health benefits. Just wondering if anyone else uses it. I'd still like to have it around. Is agar agar worse? Never used it much, as it always seemed to refined.

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on January 22, 2011
at 10:46 PM

I'm not aware of any reason to avoid eating Irish moss, carrageenan, or agar agar. Take a look at MDA's Guide to Sea Vegetables:



on January 23, 2011
at 07:52 AM

I dont know that much about it, but it seems as though on the surface, Irish moss would be the better way to go as both carrageenan and agar agar are both isolated polysaccharides, and Irish moss is the more whole food, less processed version of these. Also, carrageenan is Irish moss, without all the good protein and minerals, so Irish moss is a more balanced and well rounded food.

I used a lot of Irish moss as a fining when I was brewing beer. I am interested to hear more about the specific applications you would be using it for. I thin now that you are no longer vegan, nor raw, wouldnt heat and maybe something like egg whites or an actual gelatin work better?


on August 06, 2011
at 10:00 PM

Irish moss or sea moss as it is often called, is all natural and grown primarily in Ireland. Hence the name irish moss. It is primed with nutrients for the brain and whole body. Such as iron and iodine and zinc. Iron great for women for we decrease in iron on a monthly basis. Iodine the master of the thyroid gland. Iodine is needed to maintain good thyroid health. Bad thyroid health translates to menstrul problems, weight issues and energy issues. Lack of energy. Irish moss truly a gem for our community in striving and acheiving good health. Dw. Deb wellington.


on January 27, 2011
at 02:35 AM

You can make things like ice cream, or thick raw smoothies with irish moss, that I wouldn't want to use egg whites in. Eggs kill my gallbladder too, so I try to avoid them. I'm not vegan anymore, but it there's a vegetable choice available that's as good as an animal choice, I'll always pick it. I think Irish Moss is far more chock full of nutrients than gelatin. Here is a recipe example that's like an ice cream I made many months ago when my sweet tooth hit me: Raw Coffee Ice Cream

I'm transitioning more to Paleo, but have kind of been combining it with my previous raw vegan diet from before.

SNaB - I love sea veggies! I think the issue with carrageenan is it's processing, and as wheelhouse said, it's an isolated polysaccharide. I believe it's highly inflammatory. Unfortunately, things like So Delicious Coconut Milk have stuff like guar gum and carrageenan. There's nowhere to get fresh coconuts right now where I live.

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