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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 <i>glycerin</i> 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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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...!<br><br><br><br>
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!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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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?<br><br><br><br>
Here's a thread that might be helpful: <a href="http://www.swaminarayan.nu/useful/toothpaste.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.swaminarayan.nu/useful/toothpaste.shtml</a><br><br><br><br>
And from Colgate (the brand I usually use): <a href="http://www.colgate.com/app/Colgate/US/Corp/Products/Vegetarians.cvsp" target="_blank">http://www.colgate.com/app/Colgate/U...getarians.cvsp</a><br><br><br><br>
OT: I find it odd that an article labelled "<a href="http://www.pioneerthinking.com/glycerin.html" target="_blank">But what is Glycerin, really</a>" 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.<br><br><br><br>
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!</div>
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Q: And lard is?<br><br><br><br>
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...!<br><br><br><br>
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!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"></div>
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Concerned about cost? Make your own vegan toothpaste/toothpowder easily for pennies. <a href="http://www.mizar5.com/toothpst.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mizar5.com/toothpst.htm</a>
 

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Q: And lard is?<br><br><br><br>
A: Pig fat</div>
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yes.<br><br><br><br>
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."<br><br>
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?<br><br><br><br>
A: Pig fat</div>
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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...<br><br><br><br>
yet again note the question mark after the heading...pork fat in toothpaste?<br><br><br><br>
I hate to feel weird when I brush my teeth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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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."<br><br>
It doesn't taste weird at all and it was only something like $3.50 for the tube.</div>
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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. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 
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