Especially as a vegetarian or vegan, there are many ingredients to stay away from. L-Cysteine is used in foods to preserve and improve the texture of dough. What if I told you that L-Cysteine is made from hog hair, hog hooves, human hair, or duck feathers? Pillsbury Doughboy is not as cute and innocent as he comes off to be, that’s for sure. Confectioner’s glaze is made of 35 percent shellac. Shellac is also found in hairspray, polish, and aluminum foil. Confectioner’s glaze is a common coat on candy. What a sweet treat! Isinglass is also commonly used to clarify wine and beer. This product is made from fish bladders. Do I have to keep going? Moral of the story is that it is extremely important to understand what you are putting in your body. It is crucial to be mindful and aware of every ingredient. It is so easy to pick up a box of cereal or pre-made mac and cheese without even thinking. It’s convenient and effortless. As delicious as duck feathers, shellac, and fish bladders might be, there is no need to consume these products. The bottom line is, stay away from processed foods.
By Tori Wadey