You are here: Home Food & Kitchen Nutrition Eating Vegan: Hidden Animal Ingredients Eating Vegan: Hidden Animal Ingredients by Becky Striepe June 30, 2010, 9:00 am 4 Comments We touched on hidden animal ingredients briefly when talking about the gelatin problem, but there are a number of other animal products in food that you might not suspect just based on the name. Here’s a roundup of some common hidden animal ingredients. Feel free to add any you know of in the comments! Gelatin – made from boiled skin, cartilage, and bones Sugar – conventional sugar is often processed with bone char to whiten it Isinglass – used in fining wine, this is made from fish bladders Casein – a milk protein found in some non-dairy cheeses Albumin – egg whites Cochineal – found in some red fruit juices, made from insect blood (also known as carmine, natural red #4, or crimson lake) Lactic Acid – unless they specify that this is plant-derived or vegan, it could come from blood or muscle tissue Whey – another milk derivative These are just some of the more common animal ingredients that I’ve noticed during label-reading. If you’re looking for a really comprehensive list, Krishna.com has you covered. Over at Sustainablog, Justin has an excellent roundup of some more hidden animal products beyond what you’d find in food. Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by biggreymare See more Previous article Vegan Sweet Potato Blondies Next article The Population-Poverty Connection 2 Comments Leave a Reply Hey Becky, thank you for the link! And I had no idea about sugar…man, I am glad I do not use it or products that include it. Do you know how widespread bone char use is in the sugar industry? That is, is that the preferred or most common method? I am just curious. And thank you also for mentioning lactic acid and casein. I have often found that a good way to be warned about animal ingredients is to look at the allergens listings, and you can also look for a Parve indication (for Kosher dietary laws), which usually indicates no dairy. Reply As far as I understand, it’s pretty widespread. Whole Foods sells vegan sugar, and Florida’s Crystals are vegan, I believe. That’s a great tip about looking for allergy info or the Pareve indication! Reply 2 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:Eating Vegan: An A-Z Survival Guide – Eat Drink Better Pingback:Eating Vegan: What is Vegan? – Eat Drink Better Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.