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We all were newbies at one time dealing with lesser known animal products.<br><br><br><br>
Which, if any, were big shockers to you?<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Mine was definatly gelatin. I was completely dumbfounded when I first learned what jello was.
 

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Mine is probably gelatin too. As for the sugar thing, thankfully they don't do that in OZ and I use very lil sugar anyway.
 

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How about carmine being made from squished bug shells? (blech)<br><br><br><br>
Although, earlier, rennet from calf's stomachs was pretty gross-out too.
 

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rennet, I had known about gelatin and sugar filters<br><br><br><br>
The second: cosmetics (it's not about food though) - i didn't know they're mostly tested on animals and contain animal ingredients<br><br><br><br>
Next: sweets. Why the heck cocoa wafer has egg powder in it?<br><br><br><br>
And the biggest shock: Ey, there's such s thing as SOYMILK <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/surprised.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":surprised">:
 

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Chicken fat in Salsa Verde Doritos. I picked up the bag to scan for dairy, so common in flavored chips, and I was like WTF?!?<br><br><br><br>
Also beef fat in Hostess cakes. That was one of my first and most horrifying discoveries. No more Ding Dongs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:">
 

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Rennet and gelatin, definitely.<br><br><br><br>
Nowadays, I mainly get surprised by the foods that non-veg*n products turn up in. (see Tess's post)
 

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The saddest discovery for me was beef flavoring in McDonald's french fries.<br><br><br><br>
The most surprising discovery was the source of carmine food coloring.
 

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I'm a born again McD manager, now vegan and happy<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/angel.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":angel:"> . Trust me, if you knew what was in most of their products, you would be so sick. The beef flavoring is in the hashbrowns, too. Even their Italian dressing has anchovies in it(Ew). And the oil they fry in...often times crew will be messing around and something (in my case, a soapy towel) will land in them. They aren't changed, they're just filtered.<br><br>
I think fast food places are so nasty. So nasty.<br><br>
I guess my biggest shocker is how so many fast food places put animal products in for "nutrition." Eww again.
 

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I don't remember any shockers.
 

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Well, if the thread means actual surprising ingredients, I would have to say fish gelatin or bones or whatever being used to fine beer. That is just freaky. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:"><br><br><br><br>
I actually knew about rennet and gelatin, so those didn't shock me that much. Like chiara said, it's mostly the crazy places the ingredients you know about turn up.<br><br><br><br>
Gelatin in store-bought guacamole <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:"><br><br>
Gelatin in yogurt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:">
 

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Well I understand gelatin in liquid things, used as a thickener (especially nonfat yogurt). But why on dry-roasted peanuts?? To get the seasoning to stick?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>OregonAmy</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Well I understand gelatin in liquid things, used as a thickener (especially nonfat yogurt). But why on dry-roasted peanuts?? To get the seasoning to stick?</div>
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That's just <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:">
 

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to tesseract:<br><br><br><br>
i think fish bladders are used to refine some beer/wine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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Chicken fat in Salsa Verde Doritos. I picked up the bag to scan for dairy, so common in flavored chips, and I was like WTF?!?<br><br><br><br>
Also beef fat in Hostess cakes. That was one of my first and most horrifying discoveries. No more Ding Dongs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"></div>
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I was pretty surprised at the Hostess thing too. Why would anybody thing to put beef fat into chocolate cake is beyond me. They made me think of my Grandpa. He used to love them and would always bring one to my Mom when she was a little girl when he came home from working on the trains. She always said that it was one of the many happy memories of her Dad. Oh well, trains, biplanes, and Hawaii still make me think of him.
 
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i knew about the food based things like gelatine and carmine, fish in wine, and cochenial, etc, as a kid, but shampoo and skincare/makeup/toothpaste products was the big shocker for me. i remember thinking... WFT? why is there this kinda crud in there? so everyone is just rubbing this into their faces, teeth and hair??? thats just nasty.<br><br><br><br>
i then went and asked my most veggie knowledgeable (but fish eating) friend in england... who mincingly said 'i knooow.. its so bad.. but i still use it, it makes my sensitive skin so soft, and my hair all clean and nice smelling, and its hard to fine much else round here, and that hippy shampoo is rubbish, and their toothpaste tastes nasty (true)...*sigh*!' ah well.
 

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their toothpaste tastes nasty (true)...*sigh*!' ah well.</div>
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natures gate creme de menthe tastes better then any colgate crap.
 
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<div class="quote-block">natures gate creme de menthe tastes better then any colgate crap.</div>
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yeah, this friend is in the uk, and in the @ss end of nowhere in the uk too, lol. if you can't shop online, and even then, there is much less choice over there.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: i also think her mum tortured her as a child by forcing her to use kingfisher fennel toothpaste or something (bleurgh). but still, her choice, she also eats fish, and feels guilty, but says 'it tastes goood' *rolls eyes* so... you know, lol.
 
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