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#1 Old 07-09-2006, 09:39 PM
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During my philosophy and religion class last semester I was given an interesting tidbit. Our prof. was telling up how his wife works at one of the correctional institutions around here. She is in charge of ordering the supplies for the inmates. According to her she had to purchase "kosher" toothpaste for muslim and jewish inmates because many toothpastes contain pig fat. Apparently the ingriedient glycerin is usually derived from animal fat, mosy often pig fat. I have seen some types of glycerin derived from vegetable oils too. Anybody have any info on this??? sorry about the double post...it was an accident
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#2 Old 07-09-2006, 09:56 PM
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Ew ... how is that supposed to keep teeth clean???



I've never heard that before ...
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lard + lye = homeade soap!
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<3 Natures Gate toothpaste. No worrys here.
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Where do you find all these vegan products without paying an arm and a leg? I thought I knew which ingredients to avoid, but apparently I don't...!



I knew lard was in most soaps, etc., and milk products were in a lot of candy and gum ... but pig fat in tooth paste ... that doesn't even make sense!

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pig fat is what makes it gummy...it's also in gum and oreos...just to name a few
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What's it called in oreos? Mine don't have glycerine in them...
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ah ok it's been a while...from what I am seeing...now days oreos can be veg'n...they didn't used to be....and you can still run into some that are not depending on where they are made...sorry didn't mean to freak you out
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Where did you hear that glycerin is usually animal based?



Here's a thread that might be helpful: http://www.swaminarayan.nu/useful/toothpaste.shtml



And from Colgate (the brand I usually use): http://www.colgate.com/app/Colgate/U...getarians.cvsp



OT: I find it odd that an article labelled "But what is Glycerin, really" never answers that question. Although it does inform the reader that glycerin is "sweet-tasting"! yumm.
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Glycerin in its pure form is a sugar alcohol if I'm not mistaken, thus it tastes sweet.



Glycerin is not always derived from animal fat. It is often derived from vegetable oils. If you want to know te origin of the glycerin, it is best to contact the company.
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lard + lye = homeade soap!



Q: And lard is?



A: Pig fat
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Where do you find all these vegan products without paying an arm and a leg? I thought I knew which ingredients to avoid, but apparently I don't...!



I knew lard was in most soaps, etc., and milk products were in a lot of candy and gum ... but pig fat in tooth paste ... that doesn't even make sense!




Concerned about cost? Make your own vegan toothpaste/toothpowder easily for pennies. http://www.mizar5.com/toothpst.htm
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I still recommend natures gate. Added bonus is no added flouride!
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Q: And lard is?



A: Pig fat



yes.



ahhh the joys of text and the unablity to see facial expressions/sarcasm.
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I get Tom's toothpaste from Trader Joe's. It says right on the label that "This product does not conatain triclosan, saccharin, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors, or flavors; or animal ingredients. Tom's of Maine products are tested for safety without the use of animals."

It doesn't taste weird at all and it was only something like $3.50 for the tube.
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I read it somewhere...and will have to find it again...you can find things like this on muslim dietary boards...and kosher boards. Also, I figure if muslims...or jewish people ward off certain things...then these products probably violate their dietary laws...and in that case are not veg'n.
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Q: And lard is?



A: Pig fat



That was part of her point.
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the problem is that it very well can be derived from animal fat.....not always...



yet again note the question mark after the heading...pork fat in toothpaste?



I hate to feel weird when I brush my teeth
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I get Tom's toothpaste from Trader Joe's. It says right on the label that "This product does not conatain triclosan, saccharin, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors, or flavors; or animal ingredients. Tom's of Maine products are tested for safety without the use of animals."

It doesn't taste weird at all and it was only something like $3.50 for the tube.



I use Toms of Maine, as well. If you don't have a Trader Joes, Whole Foods, or Wild Oats nearby, I've also seen the toothpaste at Target.
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Yes, Tom's is available at Target, as well as (OT) Second Generation products.
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ah ok it's been a while...from what I am seeing...now days oreos can be veg'n...they didn't used to be....and you can still run into some that are not depending on where they are made...sorry didn't mean to freak you out



*sigh* I was starting to freak out! I've mentioned several foods on VB that I thought were vegan and had to be set straight on. The original-style oreos and 'inside out' or whatever oreos aren't actually vegan I think, but the mint and peanut butter are at least!
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Concerned about cost? Make your own vegan toothpaste/toothpowder easily for pennies. http://www.mizar5.com/toothpst.htm



That is pretty cool! ...But I thought honey wasn't considered vegan?
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<3 Natures Gate toothpaste. No worrys here.



Same here.
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That is pretty cool! ...But I thought honey wasn't considered vegan?



Many vegetarians use honey. If you're vegan, subsitute corn syrup for honey.
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Many vegetarians use honey. If you're vegan, subsitute corn syrup for honey.





corn syrup?

um.......





agave nectar <3
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corn syrup?

um.......





agave nectar <3



What's wrong with corn syrup? Just curious...
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Use corn syrup to brush your teeth? Nah, I find rubbing plain white sugar all over your teeth works faster.
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I just checked my Kosher Food Guide, and it says all toothpastes (in the UK) are permitted.  That means that none of them is made with pork fat.

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Eeeeeeeeew.........

I use Tom's......thank God. Otherwise, I might as well brush with bacon!!! shocked.gif

All animals should be respected & should have the ability to lead a natural & enjoyable life. This means not eating them, or abusing them in any way.
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Where do you find all these vegan products without paying an arm and a leg? I thought I knew which ingredients to avoid, but apparently I don't...!



I knew lard was in most soaps, etc., and milk products were in a lot of candy and gum ... but pig fat in tooth paste ... that doesn't even make sense!


Yeah, I heard about something similar being in toothpaste.

What I've found is best....is just emailing your current company/brand you might be able to get regularly and asking them what's in their product. That's how I did it. (Have a look out for dental floss as well. I found one that doesn't contain animal products, but it might still be tested on animals. Sigh. It's hard to win with stuff like that).

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