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PremierLeague-News.Com - Does the vanilla flavouring in your food and drinks really come from beaver butts?
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A popular TikTok trend is doing the rounds once again – and this one doesn’t have people learning complex dance moves, but spitting out their vanilla lattes.It all started when user Sloowmoee posted a video in which he tells people to film their reactions before and after googling “where does vanilla flavouring come from?”In the video, Sloowmoee takes a big sip of vanilla latte before googling the question, looking shocked and shouting “no more vanilla!”The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. @sloowmoee @shaylanmarieee TRIED TO MORDOR ME ♬ original sound – Sloowmoee It spawned hundreds more clips of people doing the same, while search for the question rocketed on Google.So where does vanilla flavouring come from?Well, when you google the question, one of the top ranking results is a National Geographic article from 2013 with the headline “Beaver butts emit goo used for vanilla flavouring”. No wonder this trend went viral.The article explains how a chemical compound called castoreum can be used for vanilla flavourings.Castoreum is produced in beavers’ castor sacs, which are located between the pelvis and the base of the tail, and yes, next to the anal glands.The brown slime-like substance has a musky, vanilla-like scent, because of beavers’ diet of bark and leaves.Castoreum, which is produced by beavers, can be used as vanilla flavouring (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)Beavers use it to mark their territory, but it can also be “milked” from anaesthetised beavers and used as a flavouring or scent in foods and perfumes.
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. Manufacturers have been using it food and perfume for at least 80 years, according to a 2007 study in the International Journal of Toxicology.However, you do not need to worry, because you have almost certainly never ingested any.Why? Partly because it is not kosher, and partly because it is difficult to obtain in sizeable quantities. It is still used in some candles and perfume products, but almost never in food and drink.Where does vanilla flavouring in food and drinks actually come from?The answer is a lot less interesting – but significantly more pleasant – for both humans and beavers.The vast majority of vanilla flavouring in food and drinks is now synthetic.A synthetic version of vanillin – the organic compound found in vanilla beans, that gives vanilla extract its flavour – is now used more often than the natural extract.Artificial vanillin is made either from guaiacol – an aromatic oil usually derived from guaiacum or wood creosote – or lignin, found in bark.
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