24 Hidden Animal Ingredients In Foods To Know By Heart

There are many hidden animal products in foods. Many animal ingredients are present in very small amounts. Some animal products, such as casein and whey — both derived from dairy products — are acceptable for vegetarians to eat but are not acceptable to vegans. Others, such as rennet (which comes from the stomach lining of calves and other baby animals), is unacceptable to all vegetarians.

Here are the 24 most common hidden animal ingredients any vegan should know by heart

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Ingredient What It Is Where You Find It
Albumin The protein component of egg whites Processed foods
Anchovies Small, silver-colored fish Worcestershire sauce, Caesar salad dressing
Animal shortening Butter, suet, lard Packaged cookies and crackers, refried beans, flour tortillas,
ready-made piecrusts
Carmine (carmine cochineal or carminic acid) Red coloring made from a ground-up insect Bottled juices, colored pasta, some candies, frozen pops
Casein (caseinate) A milk protein Dairy products and some soy cheeses.
Gelatin Protein from bones, cartilage, tendons, and skin of
animals
Marshmallows, yogurt, frosted cereals, gelatin-containing
desserts
Glucose (dextrose) Animal tissues and fluids (some glucose can come from
fruits)
Baked goods, soft drinks, candies, frosting
Glycerides (mono-, di-, and triglycerides) Glycerol from animal fats or plants Processed foods
Isinglass Gelatin from the air bladder of sturgeon and other freshwater
fish
Alcoholic beverages, some jellied desserts
Lactic acid An acid formed by bacteria acting on the milk sugar
lactose
Cheese, yogurt, pickles, olives, sauerkraut, candy, frozen
desserts, fruit preserves
Lactose (saccharum lactin, D-lactose) Milk sugar As a culture medium for souring milk and in processed
foods
Lactylic stearate Salt of stearic acid (see stearic acid) As a conditioner in bread dough
Lard Fat from the abdomens of pigs Baked goods, refried beans
Lecithin Phospholipids from animal tissues, plants, and egg yolks Breakfast cereal, candy, chocolate, baked goods, margarine,
vegetable oil sprays
Lutein Deep yellow coloring from marigolds or egg yolks Commercial food coloring
Oleic acid (oleinic acid) Animal tallow Synthetic butter, cheese, vegetable fats and oils, candy, ice
cream, beverages, condiments
Pepsin Enzyme from pigs’ stomachs Cheese
Stearic acid (octadecanoic acid) Tallow, other animal fats and oils Vanilla flavoring, baked goods, beverages, candy
Suet Hard white fat around kidneys and loins of animals Margarine, mincemeat, pastries
Tallow Solid fat of sheep and cattle separated from the membranous
tissues
Margarine
Vitamin A (A1, retinol) Vitamin obtained from vegetables, egg yolks, or fish liver
oil
Vitamin supplements, fortification of foods
Vitamin B12 Vitamin produced by microorganisms and found in all animal
products; synthetic form (cyanocobalamin or cobalamin on labels) is
vegan
Supplements, fortified foods
Vitamin D3 Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) comes from fish liver oils or
lanolin
Supplements, fortified foods
Whey Watery liquid that separates from the solids in
cheese-making
Crackers, breads, cakes, processed foods

 

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