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Beaver butts emit goo used in vanilla flavored foods
« on: October 03, 2013, 03:04:08 AM »
Good Morning all you vanilla flavored coffee drinkers!  :lol:


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Next time you pick up a vanilla candy, think twice. A chemical compound used in vanilla flavored foods and scents comes from the butt of a beaver.

Castoreum comes from a beaver's castor sacs, located between the pelvis and base of the tail. Due to its proximity to the anal glands, the slimy brown substance is often mixed with gland secretions and urine.

"I lift up the animal's tail," Joanne Crawford, a wildlife ecologist at Southern Illinois University told National Geographic. "I’m like, 'Get down there, and stick your nose near its bum.'"

"People think I'm nuts," she added. "I tell them, 'Oh, but it's beavers; it smells really good.'"

Beavers use the brown slime, often compared to a thinner version of molasses, to mark their territory. The musky, vanilla scent is attributed to a beaver's diet of bark and leaves.

Manufacture have been using castoreum as an additive in foods and perfumes for at least 80 years, according to a 2007 study in the International Journal of Toxicology.

But getting a beaver to emit castoreum is not easy. Foodies are willing to "milk" the animals in order to get their hands on the gooey substance.

"You can milk the anal glands so you can extract the fluid," Crawford said. "You can squirt [castoreum] out. It's pretty gross."

Only 292-pounds per year is collected because the milking method is unpleasant for all parties involved.

And the worst part? The FDA-approved castoreum is not required to be listed as an ingredient on food items. Manufacturers may list "natural flavoring" instead.

Perhaps a bit too natural for us

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/10/02/beaver-butts-emit-goo-used-in-vanilla-flavored-foods/?intcmp=features
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Re: Beaver butts emit goo used in vanilla flavored foods
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2013, 04:47:57 AM »
I could say something, but then, I'd have to boot myself.
Hmmm, beavers are now vanilla scented.....
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Re: Beaver butts emit goo used in vanilla flavored foods
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2013, 06:27:32 PM »
As the folks on Hee Haw used to chant... "Yum yum!"
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Re: Beaver butts emit goo used in vanilla flavored foods
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2013, 02:41:44 AM »
Good Morning all you vanilla flavored coffee drinkers!  :lol:


http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/10/02/beaver-butts-emit-goo-used-in-vanilla-flavored-foods/?intcmp=features


Is that really true?  :ohmy:

I do know that the bacteria in all those healthy yoghurt products originally came from the feces of an American man over  30 years ago. And has been kept going in a living nutrient culture ever since.

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Re: Beaver butts emit goo used in vanilla flavored foods
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2013, 05:23:13 AM »

Is that really true?  :ohmy:

I do know that the bacteria in all those healthy yoghurt products originally came from the feces of an American man over  30 years ago. And has been kept going in a living nutrient culture ever since.
:lol: :lol:
And someone is yankin yer chain, yogurt has been around for thousands of years, at least as long as cheese. :smile:
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Re: Beaver butts emit goo used in vanilla flavored foods
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2013, 07:25:23 AM »
:lol: :lol:
And someone is yankin yer chain, yogurt has been around for thousands of years, at least as long as cheese. :smile:
 

 I meant the one with that paticular bacteria. Not all yoghurts have it.
 
 I watched a progamme about the factory in Finland which produces the product.

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Re: Beaver butts emit goo used in vanilla flavored foods
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2013, 08:28:55 AM »
 

 I meant the one with that paticular bacteria. Not all yoghurts have it.
 
 I watched a progamme about the factory in Finland which produces the product.
OK, that's just disgusting. :lol:
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Re: Beaver butts emit goo used in vanilla flavored foods
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2013, 11:13:09 AM »
New product idea: Beaver Butt Cheese.

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