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Do you like vanilla or raspberry flavoring?


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If you answered yes, you may be eating Castoreum - Beaver Anal Gland Juice.

Yes, you read that right. It's the last item on that link.

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We also eat microscopic flecks of poo and insect bits on the regular. Can't say I'm too grossed out by beaver anal gland juice, at least is natural. *shrugs*

Eating microscopic flecks of poo and insect bits doesn't bother me, as that really is natural. There's no need for flavoring food items with beaver anal gland juice. Why not use real vanilla and real raspberry instead? Why not promote the production of natural foods over processed junk?

The really sad thing is I already heard about beaver anal glands..

Sweet! Next time I'm at Starbucks I'll ask for the "Beaver Gland Anal Juice Frappacino". Mmmm vanilla-y anal nectar.

I've got a friend who's constantly posting this kind of stuff on facebook. GMOs and pesticides in "organic" food, etc,

I'm starting to think that in just a few years we'll be eating 100% synthetics and no REAL food at all! LOL

 

Original Post by catwalker:

Why not use real vanilla and real raspberry instead? Why not promote the production of natural foods over processed junk?

Supply and demand

Okay that's so gross...but how, pray tell, do they collect enough anal gland juice of beavers to make this a viable product for mass production? Are there commercial beaver anal gland juice farms?

Original Post by feralfern:

Okay that's so gross...but how, pray tell, do they collect enough anal gland juice of beavers to make this a viable product for mass production? Are there commercial beaver anal gland juice farms?

I wanna know who does the extraction and what their professional title is.

Also "beaver anal gland juice" sounds like the search tags associated with... uhm... videos on the interwebs of a sexual nature.

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Original Post by washywishywasfulness:

Sweet! Next time I'm at Starbucks I'll ask for the "Beaver Gland Anal Juice Frappacino". 

LOLLLL!

I heard about this, too, but given just how much vanilla flavour is around it must be a chemical version of the beaver anal glands. Or have I just never heard of factories full of beavers with aching a-holes? 

 

*goes to parfume herself with the abdominal gland of a freshly killed musk deer*

Original Post by kikt:

Original Post by washywishywasfulness:

Sweet! Next time I'm at Starbucks I'll ask for the "Beaver Gland Anal Juice Frappacino". 

LOLLLL!

I heard about this, too, but given just how much vanilla flavour is around it must be a chemical version of the beaver anal glands. Or have I just never heard of factories full of beavers with aching a-holes? 

 

*goes to parfume herself with the abdominal gland of a freshly killed musk deer*

I think those are called whore houses?

Original Post by feralfern:

Okay that's so gross...but how, pray tell, do they collect enough anal gland juice of beavers to make this a viable product for mass production? Are there commercial beaver anal gland juice farms?

I was thinking the same thing. I also want to know how do people think of using things like this for food additives. How in the world do you make the leap from raspberry flavoring to beaver anal glands?

Original Post by catwalker:

Original Post by feralfern:

Okay that's so gross...but how, pray tell, do they collect enough anal gland juice of beavers to make this a viable product for mass production? Are there commercial beaver anal gland juice farms?

I was thinking the same thing. I also want to know how do people think of using things like this for food additives. How in the world do you make the leap from raspberry flavoring to beaver anal glands?

You know some sick **** tasted that stuff...  /shudder

Original Post by catwalker:

Eating microscopic flecks of poo and insect bits doesn't bother me, as that really is natural. There's no need for flavoring food items with beaver anal gland juice. Why not use real vanilla and real raspberry instead? Why not promote the production of natural foods over processed junk?

How is it not a natural food? lol

Original Post by catwalker:

Original Post by feralfern:

Okay that's so gross...but how, pray tell, do they collect enough anal gland juice of beavers to make this a viable product for mass production? Are there commercial beaver anal gland juice farms?

I was thinking the same thing. I also want to know how do people think of using things like this for food additives. How in the world do you make the leap from raspberry flavoring to beaver anal glands?

It's probably such a small amount that they don't have to produce much.

Original Post by pavlovcat:

Original Post by kikt:

Original Post by washywishywasfulness:

Sweet! Next time I'm at Starbucks I'll ask for the "Beaver Gland Anal Juice Frappacino". 

LOLLLL!

I heard about this, too, but given just how much vanilla flavour is around it must be a chemical version of the beaver anal glands. Or have I just never heard of factories full of beavers with aching a-holes? 

 

*goes to parfume herself with the abdominal gland of a freshly killed musk deer*

I think those are called whore houses?

BAHAHAHAHA!

I keep forgetting the other meaning of beavers..

I googled this, it'S actually made out of the whole gland from a dead beaver. It'S used in some perfumes but I still think it's unlikely that it is actually used as a vanilla flavourign. 

And, yes, it's a natural food - we eat worse when eating a hotdog.

ick. That means anything that has vanilla flavoring, even whey powder or 'health' bars, might have that in it.

Original Post by catwalker:

  ow in the world do you make the leap from raspberry flavoring to beaver anal glands?

I was wondering this myself, and was surprised to learn that the use of that part of the beaver for various products has been around for quite a while.  And really, it's not surprising that somebody came up with it.  When trapping was a thriving business in what used to be the frontier, I'm sure that people trying to survive, or just trying to get the most $ out of their catch, took a cue from the natives and used as much of the critter as they could.

That's a good point, Santo. Field dressing an animal, does require a slit from anus to throat, to remove the innards. Easy to imagine they'd have determined the glands produce something edible, while doing that.

Original Post by kathygator:

ick. That means anything that has vanilla flavoring, even whey powder or 'health' bars, might have that in it.

Yes, but I'd imagine that would be some damn expensive 'health' bars...

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