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.
- Fabric softener: The reason your clothes are so Downy soft? Dihydrogenated tallow dimethyl ammonium chloride—basically horse or sheep fat—coats them.
- 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?
- Beer and wine: Your drink may contain tiny amounts of isinglass—ground-up sturgeon or cod bladders that clarify beverages.
- 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.
- Lipstick and nail polish: That shimmer has to come from somewhere. In the case of many cosmetics, the source is herring scales.
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