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Funny how a Pinterest pin of a cow and its calf sharing a tender nose to nose kiss, led me to discovering that there are innumerable amounts of animal by-products in the things we use or consume.

Such an example of consumed food is the discovery that there might be cow’s blood in pasta!

cow's blood in pasta

Yes, I did say cow’s blood in pasta.

This shocking statement led me to do some investigating research on the subject…

To be more precise, it is an enzyme in the cow’s blood plasma that is used in such products as certain pasta. Wherefore, this enzyme acts as a very strong binding agent and is also called meat-glue.

As a result of my research, what I found was quite disturbing and appalling to say the least, as I never thought that animal by-products were used in such a wide array of food and everyday items.

Subsequently, cow’s blood in pasta is but a leaf in a consumer’s tree of animal by-products found in everyday thingamajigs that is consumed, used, or even sported.

cow's blood in pasta

Would you like some glue with that fish-stick?

“Meat glue” is scientifically known as transglutaminase, and its brand name is Activa.

Namely, this meat-glue is found largely in cold-cuts and various reconstituted types of meats such as imitation crab meat and chicken nuggets.

Additionally, the bacterial count in “restructured” meat is extremely high because pieces of meat that were “outside pieces” are now glued together to become “inside pieces” trapping the E.Coli bacteria inside and making the meat hard to cook thoroughly.

Not only that, but it is very challenging to tell if the meat that you buy at the store, or order at the restaurant, is an altered piece of meat or bits and pieces glued together resembling a delicious cut of filet Mignon.

Consequently, those who eat their meats rare thinking they are safe, must now reconsider their preferred level of doneness. 

meat glue cow's blood in pasta

Reconstituted pork cuttlets

meat glue and cow's blood in pasta

“The amount of bacteria on a steak that’s been put together with meat glue is hundreds of times higher,” says microbiologist Glenn Pener.

This can lead to food poisoning, dire illness, and even death.

It is not surprising that this “meat glue” is rousing some controversies since Activa is manufactured by the Ajinomoto company. 

An unimportant detail you might think?

On the contrary, because those are the people who have marketed the inescapable neurotoxins aspartame and MSG (monosodium glutamate.)

As for the toxicity of “meat glue,” I will let you do the math. If Aspartame is a carcinogenic substance and so is MSG, what do you think are the chanced that Activa is also cancerogenic?

By the way, for all the gluten intolerant folks out their, the “glut” of transglutaminase stands for gluten.

Three times the population of Cuba

In the U.S. alone, there are more than 727,000 beef farms that slaughter roughly 30 million cattle each year. That is roughly three times the amount of people living in Cuba.

Out of that number, only around 51-60% is used for food.  As for the “leftovers,” which include hooves, skin, bones, glands, and blood, they are used in a multitude of ways that you would not guess in a million years.

Furthermore, there are two perspectives to this predicament.  One being that at least the poor cows are not being slayed wastefully, meaning that 100% of them are being put to good use.  OK that is arguable.

Additionally, a point often overlooked for those who are vegetarians or vegans is the fact that it becomes more then a touchy situation for them as they want to avoid meat all together.

Likewise, there are all those people who’s faith prohibits the consumption of certain meats, such as pork. The problem lies in the fact that these animal by-products are concealed everywhere.

I am not kidding!

Now for what you really want to know…

Here is a list of 30 items containing animal by-products

This list will simply blow your mind and might even make your stomach turn…

1) Pasta – OK I mentioned that one before

2) Cake mix – some include Cholic acid from animal bile, it is the emulsifying agent in dried or carton egg whites

3) White sugar – is often filtered through charred animal bones during production.

4) Doughnuts – such as in the extremely popular U.S. food chains Dunkin Donuts, frequently use an enzyme called L. Cysteine as a “dough conditioner”.  The source of this substance?  Duck feathers, pig trotters and could even come from human hair!

5) Chocolate – often use whey powder which can contain Rennet (a commonly used coagulating enzyme extracted from a calf’s stomach after slaughter)

6) Cheeses – most contain Rennet

7) Ice cream – some brands contain capric acid, a fatty acid that’s obtained from animal fats. According to The Vegetarian Resource Group, it’s also used in sweets and baked goods.

8) Chewing gum – many brands are not suitable for vegans because they contain gelatine. This substance, also used in many sauces and sweets, comes from boiled skin, tendons, ligaments and bones of pigs and cows

9) Marshmallows, caramels, gummies, and jams – all contain gelatin made of animal fat

10) Wine – uses urea (also known as carbamide), a component of animal urine. It is used as a filtering agent.  Cheers to that!

11) Yeasts – may have urea

12) Soy products– such as soy milk and tofu contain Albumin (which can be derived from eggs, blood, or cow milk) it is used as a stabilizer, thickener, or texturizer. So much for trying to be more animal friendly by replacing meats with tofu

13) Beer – Some varieties including stouts such as Guinness have particles of fish bladder known as isinglass which is used as part of the filtering process

14) Store bought bread – might contain hog enzymes to make it rise faster

15) Shampoos – could be comprised of collagen (a substance found in bone, cartilage, and connective tissue), placenta, enzymes, animal proteins, keratin (a substance found in animal hair, horns and hooves), lactose, lanolin, mink oil, musk and even lion urine

16) Soaps, cosmetics, suppositories, and pill coatings – can contain animal fatty acids

17) Lotions – may encompass sheep placenta or elastin (a substance found in animal ligaments)

18) Cosmetic brushes are made with animal bristles or hair, and paint brushes once made of camel hair are now composed of the fine hairs from cow’s ears and tails

19) Paint may contain shellac, milk, urea, or animal fat. Paint and varnish also contain pigments made from charred bones and bugs. Shellac contains an insect secretion that’s also used to give candy a shiny coat

20) Glue – if it is written “hide glue,” it contains animal by-products

21) Bricks, plaster, home insulation materials and cement mix – may include dried ox blood and / or animal tallow (fat), which make them last longer

22) Piano keys – they may not be made of Ivory anymore (thank God!) but they are made of animal bones.

23) Buttons, bone china, sandpaper, and emery boards – also contain animal by-products

24) Fertilizers – might contain bone meal, dried blood, ground chicken feathers, crab shells and other wastes from the fishing industry, or even urea

25) Cortisone cream – is made from the livers of cows

26) Cars – the metal structure of them, tires, antifreeze, and hydraulic brake fluid contain animal fat

27) Asphalt – also uses animal fat

28) Oil – used for sewing machines, cameras, watches, and other precision equipment was accustomed to come from sperm whales. Since the whale embargo, however, the oil comes from cute little porpoises. Not in the least bit better in my opinion

29) Plastics, flame-proofing, urethane, and adhesives commonly contain urea

30) Insulin – although most is now genetically engineered, much of it is still obtained from the pancreas of cows and pigs

Did I blow your mind or what?

But don’t forget that these animal by-products of the meat industry are just that — by-products.

To put it differently, the less meat we eat, the fewer animals will be killed.  

As a result, less by-products will be available, and more non-animal alternative sources will then be developed.

Thereupon, if you are genuinely concerned about animal well-being, vegetarianism is the first step toward getting animal products out of our lives, and it is the best way to make a positive impact for animals.

Yours truly,

Carole St-Laurent

Cow's blood in pasta
Animal by-product in food. Cow's blood in pasta
Animal by-product in food. Cow's blood in pasta
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Source and great reading

 

Science-based Articles:

From the Manufacturer:

Links:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/common-products-that-contain-hidden-cow-parts/

https://www.businessinsider.com/surprising-everyday-products-made-from-cow-parts-2017-10

https://delishably.com/food-industry/Meat-Glue-What-It-Is-And-What-You-Should-Know

http://www.gardensofeden.org/G4ImpossibleVegetarian.htm

https://www.dummies.com/food-drink/recipes/vegetarian-vegan/hidden-animal-ingredients-in-foods/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-3669778/The-foods-thought-vegetarian-actually-contain-animal-products.html

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Beef Industry Council of the National Livestock and Meat Board, The Good Things We Get from Cattle Besides Beef. Chicago.

Freydberg, Nicholas, and Willis A. Gortner, The Food Additives Book. Bantam Books, Inc., 1982.

Furia, Thomas E. CRC Handbook of Food Additives, Vol. II. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press Inc., 1983.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technological Terms. New York: McGraw-Hill Publishers, 1987.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Scientific and Technology. New York: McGraw-Hill Publishers, 1987.

National Livestock and Meat Board. Meat Board Reports. Chicago: June 1982.

Vegetarian Resource Group. “What Are Those Ingredients?” Vegetarian Journal. Baltimore: March/April 1990.

Wasserman, Debra, and Charles Stahler. Meatless Meals for Working People. Baltimore: Vegetarian Resource Group, 1990.

Wiesinger, Ronald. “It’s A Soy Baby!” PAWS News, December 1990.

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A fascinating and shocking revelation on how animal by-products find themselves in everything around us. I'm not kidding! #blog #vegetarian #vegan #food #education
Animal by-products which include hooves, skin, bones, glands, and blood, are used in a multitude of ways which you would not guess in a million years. #blog #vegetarian #vegan #food #education
A fascinating and shocking revelation on how animal by-products find themselves in everything around us. I'm not kidding! #blog #vegetarian #vegan #food #education
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A fascinating and shocking revelation on how animal by-products find themselves in everything around us. I'm not kidding! #blog #vegetarian #vegan #food #education
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A fascinating and shocking revelation on how animal by-products find themselves in everything around us. I'm not kidding! #blog #vegetarian #vegan #food #education
Animal by-products which include hooves, skin, bones, glands, and blood, are used in a multitude of ways which you would not guess in a million years. #blog #vegetarian #vegan #food #education
A fascinating and shocking revelation on how animal by-products find themselves in everything around us. I'm not kidding! #blog #vegetarian #vegan #food #education
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A fascinating and shocking revelation on how animal by-products find themselves in everything around us. I'm not kidding! #blog #vegetarian #vegan #food #education
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A fascinating and shocking revelation on how animal by-products find themselves in everything around us. I'm not kidding! #blog #vegetarian #vegan #food #education
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