Monday, November 18, 2013

Beaver Anal Secretions In Natural Flavors?

Yes, it's true.
Millions of people across the globe are eating "beaver butt" and don't even know
 that they're consuming such a substance.

It's called "castoreum," and it's emitted from the castor sacs within the animal's anus.

 For a beaver, this slimy brown substance is used to mark its territory, but for us
 humans, it's used as an additive that is often labeled as "natural flavoring" in
 the foods we eat - vanilla, strawberry and raspberry probably being the most

Why is castoreum used? The most notable characteristic (after being processed) has

 to be  the smell of castoreum. Instead of smelling horrible, like most people would 
expect from an  anally produced secretion, it has a pleasant scent, which supposedly
 makes it a perfect candidate  for food flavoring and other products.

The question that many people put forth would have to be "who in their right mind

 actually made this odd discovery?"

Another industry that utilizes castoreum is the fragrance world. For decades, perfume

manufactures have been using it to make various types of fragrances. These anal 
secretions are said to contain around  24 different molecules, many of which act as 
natural pheromones. From perfumes to air fresheners,
 castor sacs are quite versatile within the fragrance industry.

Is it natural?

Sure it's natural, but does "being natural" make it right to use or consume?

Many disgusting substances are considered "natural," yet eating them may not be

the best idea.

The act of labeling something so vulgar and disgusting as "natural flavoring," should

be illegal in many people's eyes, but the FDA views it all in a different light.

Having the anal secretions from a beaver take the place of a strawberry in something 

like strawberry ice cream hardly seems like an efficient process. Why go through the process 
of harvesting "anal secretions" when a strawberry is much easier to pick?

It hardly seems like a better option...

The food industry is a tricky business to figure out, and it will continue to boggle the minds of

 many on issues exactly like this. Much like with other additives that have raised concern over 
the years (aspartame, high fructose corn syrup and food colorings), castoreum is proving to be
 just as questionable.

It's the deceptive labeling that seems to be the root of the problem. Instead of stating what 

castoreum truly is, the FDA has allowed it to be labeled as something that sounds pleasant 
and healthy.

As with many questionable additives in today's food market, the power lies within the people.

 Read your labels thoroughly if you wish to subtract these types of ingredients from your diet.

In all honesty, castoreum is probably safe to consume, being that is derived from an animal, 

but who\really wants to eat a beaver's anus?

For further information on castoreum, be sure to check out the sources section below.

Sources for this article include:
 But the anal sacs are removed from beavers raised for their fur; it’s the second most valuable part of
the animal.
Food use In the United States, castoreum is considered to be a GRAS food additive by the
Food and Drug Administration.[10] It is often referenced simply as a "natural flavoring" in products
' lists of ingredients. While it is mainly used in both foods and beverages as part of a substitute vanilla
 flavour,[11] it is less commonly used as a part of a raspberry or strawberry flavoring.[12] The annual
industry consumption is very low, around 300 pounds,[13] whereas vanillin is over 2.6 million pounds

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