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Animal-Derived Ingredients Used in Commercial Foods

Watch out for these ingredients. The ones listed here in bold are always animal derived. The others may or may not be. When in doubt, feel free to call or write the manufacturer.

These ingredients commonly occur in bread, cheese, peanut butter, cookies, and various other packaged food items.

  • Enzymes
  • Gelatin
  • Rennet
  • Glycerin
  • Diglycerides
  • Monoglycerides
  • *glycer* (anything with this root)
  • Lecithin
  • Emulsifiers
  • Stearic Acid
  • *stear* (anything with this root)
  • stearoyl lactates
  • Dough Conditioners
  • Shortening
  • Stabilizers
  • Calcium Phosphate
  • Lactic Acid
  • Pepsin
  • Whey
A good rule of thumb is: if it doesn't sound like anything you've ever heard of, watch out!