Friday, December 1, 2006

Gross Ingredients with Fancy Names

EEEW! So here are some yucky ingredients that you may not recognized because they are named in a creative manner to keep you from knowing. These can either be found in food,vitamins, beauty products or medicines.
ANIMAL RENNET - primarily found in cheese - A substance obtained from the stomach linings of young calves which contains a coagulating enzyme.
There is a plant version, just look on labels for specifics.
CARMINE (aka E120 - cochineal) - Natural red color comes from the ground up then dried female cochineal beetle. It is sometimes used to color lip gloss, lipsticks and other cosmetics. You can also find this lovely red dried up beetle in some pinkish colored yogurts or food products.
CYSTEINE - Also known as l-cystine, research indicates that the source of cysteine is human hair. Cystine is an amino acid needed by humans, which can be produced by the human body. A very small quantity is used in less than 5% of all bread products. Often the hair of third world women is used.
GELATIN - Gelatin is made from the bones, skins, hoofs, and tendons of cows, pigs, fish and other animals. It is animal protein used especially for its thickening and gelling properties.
DUODENUM - from the digestive tracts of cows and pigs. Can be found in vitamin tablets.
ESTROGEN/ESTRADIOL - from cow ovaries and pregnant mares' urine.

I need to eat my dinner so I am going to stop here to get my appetite back.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

you are sooooooooo right! There are so many gross foods that have "nice names" so that other people will buy the product.... by the way, are you a vegetarian? I have been a vegan for almost three years now and I could never go back to eating any sort of meat, dairy, poultry, or fish product!