11 Items Weirdly Made From Animal Parts

Fabric softeners, cigarettes, sugar, and other meaty products

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted May 29, 2010 8:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Turning down a cheeseburger is one thing; truly abstaining from all products containing animal parts is a wee bit trickier. Hugh Ryan reveals 11 surprising everyday items made from an animal ingredient for the Daily Beast.

  1. Fabric softener: The reason your clothes are so Downy soft? Dihydrogenated tallow dimethyl ammonium chloride—basically horse or sheep fat—coats them.
  2. Cigarettes: The idea of lung cancer not enough to make you quit? How about the knowledge that some brands contain pigs' blood (porcine hemoglobin) in their filters?

  1. Beer and wine: Your drink may contain tiny amounts of isinglass—ground-up sturgeon or cod bladders that clarify beverages.
  2. Sugar: There's a reason why it's as white as bone. Natural charcoal, aka bone char made from horses and cows, is used as a filter to bleach it.
  3. Lipstick and nail polish: That shimmer has to come from somewhere. In the case of many cosmetics, the source is herring scales.
Click here for the complete list.

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