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!
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.
Would you like some glue with that fish-stick?
“Meat glue” is scientifically known as transglutaminase, and its brand name is Activa.
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.
Reconstituted pork cuttlets
“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?
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.
Source and great reading
- Aspartame article: Emerging Facts About Aspartame. Barua, J; Bal, A; Journal Of The Diabetic Association Of India 35 (1995): 4.
- Aspartame and MSG article: Aspartame Is An Excitoneurotoxic Carcinogenic Drug. Blaylock, Russell. Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills (2004): Health Press.
- MSG article: Increased Responsiveness of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary Axis after Neurotoxin-Induced Hypothalamic Denervation. Spinedi, Eduardo; Johnston, Craig; Negro-Vilar, Andres; Endocrinology 115 (1984): 267–272.
- TG article: Microbial Transglutaminase—A Review of its Production and Application in Food Processing. Zhu, Y; Tramper, J; Bol, J; Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 44 (1995): 277-282.
- TG article: Transglutaminases in Disease. Kim, Soo-Youl; Jeitner, Thomas; Steinert, Peter; Neurochemistry International 40 (2002): 85-103.
From the Manufacturer:
Beef Industry Council of the National Livestock and Meat Board, The Good Things We Get from Cattle Besides Beef. Chicago.
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