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9 Surprising Items Made With Animal Ingredients

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9. White and Brown Sugar

What about hidden products in the manufacture process? Among vegetarians and vegans, it’s known that purified ash from animal bones is used in filters to refine sugar by some brands, though there are other companies that use filters with granular carbon or ion exchange systems. What not all may know is that brown sugar is also refined, only to have molasses added after.

You can opt for unrefined organic sugar or choose the brands that PETA says are vegan.

It’s important to note that getting to know where animal products go is not just for vegetarians or vegans: These byproducts are very likely not sourced from responsible organic farmers, but from the very frightening and extremely polluting factory farms. So even if you’re a conscious omnivore, watch out.

Related:
7 Common Animal-Derived Ingredients to Avoid
7 Reasons Not to Eat Factory-Farmed Food
Are Animal Fats Hiding in Your Favorite Products?

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2:58PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

noted, and thank you.

10:37PM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

awful

2:28AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Noted

6:23PM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Thanks for posting this handy info. I knew of pretty much all of these...just unbelievable. It can be challenging 4 Vegans. I buy as many Green products possible. There was a few off the list--one being wine! Not sure if Vegans are aware of the wine fact but you can find Vegan wines in a few shops--tho very few.

3:23AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Unless you own an Apple Computer, your PC also has stearic acids...animal based. Since I am an omnivore I have a PC. So many ingredients, including non-animal based in so many items...such as plastics...wait for it...in some tea bags. Yes, there are tea bags out there made with bits of plastic in them to help hold them together.

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/soil/msg0211221431077.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/02/teabags-biodegradeable
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_bag
http://greenandcleanmom.org/bpa-war/

Yes Ruth R latency problems with comments are rife these days and even if one is signed in and changes to a new article I am constantly asked to sign in Again! with each new article. Oh well, forge on ahead! In modern society one often cannot avoid animal products/by products unless one inhabits a cave with the permission of resident bats. You can try but it is difficult.

2:53PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

I only knew of 2 of these.Thank-you I will spread the word.

4:43AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Interesting, and quite surprising info. Thanks for writing this.

12:02PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Sodium tallowate, a very common ingredient in SOAPS... Is just animal fat, spelled chemically.
And we wash with that our faces and our bodies... And our kids.

5:35AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Thank you So Much!

10:40PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Thank you so much for this article ~ very informative, and disgusting!

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