Many Vegetarians Unaware of Animal-Derived Gels in Pills

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Many Vegetarians Unaware of Animal-Derived Gels in Pills
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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 12:08pm

Check out this interesting news from Health Day News!

"Vegetarians and others who avoid eating meat for religious or cultural reasons may unknowingly be consuming gelatin derived from animal products when they take prescription medications, a new study found.

Animal-derived gelatin is a commonly used coating agent in medications, and it is also used as a thickener in some liquid and semisolid drugs." READ MORE

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Registered: 03-25-2003

I believe it's also what they make capsules out of, isn't it?

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BTW ... can't get the link to work, so I haven't read the article!

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Yes; so I am careful to check with the doctor and/or pharmacy to see if there are alternatives. I was ignorant for the longest time, but not any more! :smileywink:

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I couldn't get the link to work either.

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It is fixed! :-)

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Gelatin is in ice cream, yogurt, marshmallows, jujube candy, a blizzard of foods that have always seemed suitable for a vegetarian diet. Animal ingredients like feathers are in bread, listed as casein. Beers and wines are filtered through isinglass, which is made out of fish bladders. Fortified orange juice contains fish oil. Cheese has rennet. Fresh produce is sprayed with lacquer made from insects to prolong its shelf life. Are these foods you'd consider yourself not-vegetarian for eating?  These things do contain animal by-products, but they are not meat. I don't eat most of these foods often because I try to steer clear of processed foods in general. But eating them does not increase the demand for meat animals, not the way eating steak or chicken wings does. If demand for meat itself went down significantly, these products would be replaced with manmade alternatives because the animal-derived ones would become too expensive. The benefits of eating meatless, to health and the environment and animals themselves, are great whether you just avoid meat or avoid any hint of any kind of slaughterhouse byproduct. That stuff is everywhere, trying to avoid it can become a full-time preoccupation if your mind goes there and stays there. It's wonderful to cook from scratch and grow all your own produce, but we're all doing what we can.