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
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(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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Riffran
May 30, 2010 9:47 AM CDT
don't forget the ole diploma from a Major University. done on a hide parchment..aka the ole sheepskin..watched it on dirty jobs...naaaaasty....hey look chicharrones!!!!...yummmy
guvner
May 30, 2010 8:12 AM CDT
"Beer and wine: Your drink may contain tiny amounts of isinglass—ground-up sturgeon or cod bladders that clarify beverages." WHO the hell actually thought up the idea to use this?? Same with the other examples. I mean, can you just picture the scene of the first R&D meeting and some nerd proposes to use these esoteric byproducts in consumer goods. What a hoot.
hatchling1
May 29, 2010 7:47 PM CDT
I'm a vegetarian on ethical grounds ... this list is leaving me feeling ill. I try to be sensible... I don't faint if I accidentally eat a bite of critter, though I chose not to if I can help it. But these animal by-products are hidden and difficult to avoid without knowing they're there. I would have appreciated product brand names.