So, I was watching David Letterman last night because Jamie Oliver was on. I adore him…in a innocent non-stalking kind of way. He is very much to the point, has an interest in making the world a better place AND he is a darn good chef.
He was talking about why knowing about the food you eat is important..and then he dropped the bomb….Food additives in vanilla ice cream… So what? We all know we eat additives, right? Why research them? The FDA approved them, right?
Well..the next few words caused me to pause mid chew. Yes. Mid chew.
“Did you know that there are beaver’s anal glands in vanilla ice cream?” Jamie asked with a smirk. A very smirky smirk.
I thought it was a joke. Turns out? It’s not. Apparently someone decided that beaver anal glands enhanced sweets, including vanilla ice cream and many raspberry products. The substance can be found on your ice cream as castoreum; if it is in a small enough amount it does not have to be listed.
Have a little Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla, folks……
Beaver’s butt might be bad enough but you regularly, happily eat other stuff that is as bad or worse. And with the sketchy disclosure and label laws you don’t have to be told.
(my questions begins with …who tried beaver anal glands as a food and found it helped their food taste better? How did the FDA think it was okay to use this product without regulating a rule that it should be listed on the ingredients? And… what about the chocolate ice cream? (do I really want to know?))
This is a beaver’s anal gland. It is the source of Beaver Butt Juice, officially called Castoreum, used in foods, cigarettes, perfumes, chewing gum.
Beaver Butt Juice is officially called Castoreum. Look for it under “Natural Flavor” in your favorite food that the FDA (21 CFR 182.50) places “No Restrictions” on since it is GRAS. See if you recognize these sources:
- Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic beverages (doesn’t that cover most all beverages?);
- Baked goods (Baked “bads”?);
- Chewing gum (makes the flavor last longer?);
- Frozen Dairy (the 32nd Flavor?);
- Gelatin (there’s always room for Beaver Butt Juice dessert);
- Puddings (smooth & creamy Beaver Butt Juice)
- Gravies (to be ladled over your Beaver Butt Biscuits –see “Baked Goods”)
- Meat Products (heaven only knows what THIS category includes!)
- Hard Candies (trick or treat takes on a whole new meaning!)
- Soft Candies (how sweet it is!)
what else are they putting in our food?