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Apparently Beaver Buttholes Taste Like Vanilla


Would you ever lick the butthole of a beaver? No? Me neither. But, have you heard of castoreum? It’s a fancy word for what I like to call Beaver Butthole Vanilla - a goo that is “milked” from a beaver’s butthole and it’s used as a replacement for vanilla, raspberry or strawberry in some flavorings and foods. It’s more likely to be found in your perfumes than foods because of HOW they remove the goo. It’s expensive & tedious. They have to anesthetize the beaver to milk it’s glands and that means only about 300 pounds are produced anally… I mean annually. Okay 300 pounds anally, annually is what I’m trying to say. I would just personally like to know who decided to sniff or lick the butthole of a beaver to figure this out.


Both the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes castoreum as safe (of course they do) so while it’s deemed “A-OK!” to use as food flavoring I find it to be totally disgusting. It’s just another reason to read labels and check ingredient lists. It’s more likely to be used in the perfume industry for its vanilla scent. It’s also used in whiskey and other expensive products because of the lengthy process of the removal from the poor beaver. Castoreum has been traditionally used in Sweden for flavoring a variety of schnapps commonly referred to as "Bäverhojt" (literally, beaver shout). You can find it in some Chanel, YSL and Dior perfumes (amongst others).


Whether or not it’s commonly used now … it was used pretty commonly back in the early 1900s and once again - im just curious who decided to get all up in a beaver’s butthole to figure that out. YUCK!


SOURCES: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17365147/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castoreum https://www.fragrantica.com/notes/Castoreum-102.html

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Hey! Welcome to Krysten's Kitchen... I guess I can say, "my kitchen." I am all about creating delicious recipes that are made with yummy, real ingredientsI love recreating old family favorites, sweets and everything in between. You'll find a touch of Disney, lots of amazing products and laughter along the way. I launched Krysten's Kitchen with the mission to share my years of research on healthy alternatives to everyday foods that most people can no longer eat due to dietary restrictions, food allergies or special eating lifestyles. 

 

In 2018, I received the Rising Star Award at ShiftCon & in May 2019 I lobbied on Capitol Hill with the Organic Trade Association and in October 2019 I received the Best Healthy Recipes Blogger at ShiftCon. You can learn more about me, my family and my story, here.

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