Carotene. Provitamin A. Beta Carotene.
A pigment found in many animal tissues and in all plants. Used as a coloring in cosmetics and in the manufacture of vitamin A.
In the context of items found on product ingredient lists, this statement is just wrong.
As a general statement, taken out of context, it is a true statement. But in the context of the article entitles "animal ingredients and their alternatives" which claims to be about the ingredient lists found on commercial products, this statement is just wrong.
Carotene is not
a pigment that, when listed in the ingredient list of a product
, could possibly come from animal sources. The carotene in all
products on the market comes from vegetable sources. While carotene exists
in animals, it is never extracted from animals for commercial purposes, to use as a product ingredient. The same goes for lactic acid. Lactic acid exists
in all mammal muscle tissue, including human muscle tissue. It is possible, in a lab, to extract the lactic acid. But the lactic acid in products on store shelves never
comes from animal sources, except the naturally occuring
lactic acid that is present as a component
of, for example, sour cream. However because it is a component
of sour cream, and not an ingredient put into sour cream, it is never listed on the ingredient list. Same goes for the lactic acid in sauerkraut. It is there, but wouldn't be listed, because it forms as cabbage is left to stand and naturally ferment. Except of course, if the product contains both saurkraut and has lactic acid added
in addition to the lactic acid naturally occuring in the sauerkraut. Then the label would list the lactic acid. Otherwise it would be there, but not listed.
Thus, when speaking about the ingredient lists on products, it is erroneous
that carotene may have an animal source and a vegan alternative. It is just not so
These distinctions, such as the distinction between a component
of a product, and an ingredient
, are important. To ignore them is foolish and to be proud of ignoring them is a willful display of ignorance.