Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ala-Mode Ala-Barf

It’s time for the Queen of Green to burst another flavor bubble. Think about the creamy vanilla ice cream that you love to indulge in because it melts in your mouth and is bursting with pure vanilla flavor. Think again. Did you know there are many ice cream brands that are not bursting with pure vanilla flavor? Some brands contain a hidden ingredient that is made of Beaver Anal Glands!

No, that was not a typo.

Yes, I just said ‘Beaver Anal Glands!’

I don’t know about you, but the thought of shoveling Beaver Anal Glands into my mouth is making my stomach churn.

Beaver Anal Glands are often hidden in ingredient lists as castoreum or natural flavors. They are used to enhance the flavor of vanilla and raspberry drinks, ice cream, candies, puddings, and other desserts. But rest assure, the FDA approves this ingredient as a food additive and has classified it as “generally recognized as safe.” “Generally” recognized as safe—those words do not sound very promising. After all, we are consuming an animal’s private body part that was certainly not intended to excite our taste buds!

According to,”castoreum is a bitter, orange-brown, odoriferous, oily secretion, found in two sacs between the anus and the external genitals of beavers. The discharge of the castor sac is combined with the beaver’s urine, and used during scent marking of territory. Both male and female beavers possess a pair of castor sacs and a pair of anal glands located in two cavities under the skin between the pelvis and the base of the tail.”

You will also be shocked to know that Beaver Anal Glands are also a common ingredient in perfume and cologne. Think about that the next time you reach for that cute little bottle of fragrance. After all, don’t you want to spray the refreshing scent of Beaver Anal Gland all over yourself?

My biggest question is who is the inventor or shall I say mad scientist that came up with the idea of thinking that Beaver Anal Glands would be a good flavor enhancer? Sounds like a pretty twisted individual if you ask me!

The next time you are at the grocery store, read those ingredient labels. If you see the words castoreum or natural flavors put it back on the shelf or call the company directly to see what the “natural flavors” are made of! Look for ice cream that is flavored with real vanilla beans. Also, avoid purchasing cosmetics made with animal ingredients.

The words “natural and artificial flavors added” caught my attention while glancing at the container of Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. It is making me wonder the source of these so called natural and artificial flavors! Maybe their new jingle should sound something like this:

Blue Bell the best Beaver Anal Glands in the country!!

In conclusion, I am just horrified at what is being added to our food. We should not have to scout every ingredient label or worry about what toxic chemicals are being put on our food, or worry what type of ramification it may have on our children’s delicate system. Our food system needs change and hopefully this is the first step to spreading awareness.



  1. oh, that's beyond disgusting. would have NEVER, ever thought possible!

  2. Beaver Anal Glands!? YUCK!

    Thank you for following me, I am following you back now!

  3. Oh.My.Gosh. My stomach is churning as we speak. I'm not a big ice cream eater (but when I do, I eat Blue Bell) but I won't be eating it anytime soon, if ever!

  4. Good luck getting a company to tell you what is in their Natural Flavors ingredient. That stuff is supposed to be pretty top secret.

    My question did someone realize that beaver anal glands boosts flavor in certain foods? Seriously, what prompted someone to even TRY to see what would happen with that??

  5. I think I just threw up a little bit... I should have read this before lunch so that I could have had time to get over it without feeling sick. Blech!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. @Kathryn- It is amazing what they are putting into our food!

    @Mrs. M- Thanks for following me!

    @Donna- My stomach is still churning from the thought of beaver anal glands. I don't blame you for not wanting to eat ice cream again.

    @Sarah- I have thought the very same question. Who seriously comes up with the idea of putting beaver anal glads in food? It must had been some twisted individual.

  7. I must tell you this made my stomach turn...but I was laughing when I told everyone else that was in the house=)

  8. OMG That is so gross! Thanks for visiting my blog! I am following you! Your blog looks interesting, especially when the first post I read was about Beaver anal glands in my favorite food! lol!!

  9. Eww that's just plain gross! I watched Jamie Oliver's food revolution, and I think the only thing that compares is when he said that the polish on most candies and chocolates comes from a black bug!
    Anywho, thanks for swinging by! Following you back! Great blog!!!!

  10. Wow!!!! First time stopping by your blog, and I am already in love with your place! #1 this makes me think about all the poor little beavers and their hineys must hurt!!! #2, I never knew that this is done. I am always happy to meet a fellow green blogger. thanks for swinging by Crunchy Frugalista! Added you to my favorites!

  11. Wow...that's gross! I posted this on Facebook. Hahaha

    Newest follower from the Thirsty Thursday blog hop! Would love for you to stop by and follow back, whenever you get a chance. Have a great week! (:


  12. Ewwww so gross! Thanks for letting us know I'll be watching for that. I love vanilla ice cream:O( Thanks for following Mommy Time Out

  13. That is really disgusting! I have heard it before - but didn't know what it was called so what to look out for! Thanks for sharing!

    Just returning the favour and following you back. Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  14. Oh my, so glad I just invested in my own ice cream maker. Stopping by from the thankful for friends thursday blog hop. Kim

  15. This post was both nauseating & enlightening!
    Thanks for following the spot for scathing book reviews - I'm now following you back!

  16. @Bethany- I am glad you and your household got a good laugh! Thanks for following me :)

    @Scruggle-there will be more intersting topics coming up :)

    Tattoos n' Diapers- It was indeed gross! There just might be a blog entry on those little black bugs...stay tuned ;)

    @Cruchy Frugalista- I am just flattered that you like my blog and have added it to your favorites--thank you very much! I am so glad you are following me.

    @AmberFaith-Welcome to Orgnaic Planet and thank you for spreading awarness :)

    @Angela-Thanks for following me :)

    @Jill- I am glad that this blog post will help you stay clear away from beaver anal glands!

    @Kim Bee- It looks like you bought an ice cream maker at the perfect time!

    @Scather-Yes, it was a bit of both! Glad to have you as a follower :)

  17. what i really want to know is who in the heck thought to try extracting beaver anal gland juice in the first place?

    stuff and nonsense

  18. Gee! That is just tooo GROSS to even think about. I'm always reading labels before buying, darling hubby thinks it a waste of our valuable time...but after reading this, I'm more convinced than ever before that reading labels is good for my health!

    Ugh *Shudder*

  19. Oopsy! I forgot to say hello and thank you for your comment!

    *added to my other comment* then Bluebell has the nerve to charge us about 5.00 dollars for their precious ice cream?!?!!! I think not.


  20. How gross is that! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    Wait. What?! LOL I guess I should be disgusted, but then, I've eaten worse things that looked AND tasted gross, or had a really disgusting texture, so eh, I guess I'm not grossed out... Appalled maybe, but not quite disgusted.

    Then again, I'm also one to call bologna "cow intestine", and honey as "regurgitated bee puke". Hey now, when you've got 2 kids -- sometimes the only way to win (and to gain some silence or mommy time) is to out-gross them. ;-)

    Guess what? I'm adding beaver anal glands (in ice cream & other confectioneries) to my new gross-out vocabulary! I'm sure to win with this one!! LMAO

    I like your blog! I'll be stalking you via GFC. The shadowy figure from my home may be looking over my shoulder as well so it may count as another follower..? ;-) Thanks for checking out my blog too!

  23. I seriously laughed out loud at that post!
    Love the concept of your blog :)

  24. Hello! Thank you for following Jennifer's Deals! I followed you back!
    Your blog looks very cute and I look forward to reading your posts!

  25. EWWWWW! This is so gross! And this is why I always tell people that all natural does not mean real food. It just means that it comes from something natural, like poo. Ewwwww!

  26. I'm a new GFC Follower of yours from Hop Along Friday Blog Hop!

  27. horrifying!! i just shot up to check my freezer full of trusty ben and jerrys well no beaver anal glands but iwas shocked to see sodium bicarbonate! im pretty sure i use that to wash my clothes! and the world wonders why our kids are allergic to everything and 1 in 110 kids has autism (mine is one of them) oh well new follow from hop

  28. Wow... I'll never look at ice cream the same. Thanks for the info. Following you from Rosey Glasses. Thanks for stopping by.

  29. Hi ya!
    Thanks for following Proof in the Pudding, am following you back :-)
    I dont think i will ever look at ice cream the same again, first anti freeze, now beaver anal glands, yyyuuuukkk!

  30. LOL, ok, super traumatized now!

    Hi! New follower from the Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop!

  31. That is truly gross. Luckily we bought an ice cream maker when we realized one of Blue Bell's natural ingredients was high fructose corn syrup. My husband wrote them and asked them about it and they never even replied.
    Following your blog now. Please check out mine:

  32. Hopping again. Waving hi! Kim

  33. Gag... wow. I really had no clue this was going in our food. Thanks for the heads up.

    New blog follower! Come follow back and enter my great giveaways!

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  35. How horrible. I am so glad that ice cream makes me feel ill - as I have a dairy intolerance. But then you mentioned perfume. I can't put perfume on my skin - intolerant, but do but on my clothes!!! What is the world coming to?? Your newest follower. Oh dear.. I have just packed the freezer with ice cream for the boys!!! Great post - Nina

  36. This almost scared me from eating any more ice cream. Almost. Thanks for the info. I will make sure to always read label for "castoreum." Yikes, even the word itself hints at something morbid.

    Happy to found your blog. I'm now a new follower. Mila from

  37. thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. i'm now following you back too.

  38. found you via blog hop, definitely sticking around. As for beaver anal glands, I will be sure to stick to those brands of ice cream that use real vanilla. But come to think of it, I don't like vanilla ice cream. I knew there was a reason why.

  39. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. Just here to return the favor. Very interesting post. Cant' wait to read more from you. Have a wonderful week!

  40. @Sketches by Mary- Keep reading those labels! Thanks for following me 

    @Domestic Recluse- I like what you call bologna and honey! Lol. I am glad you will be adding beaver anal glands to your gross-out vocabulary.

    @Coley- Thanks for following me!

    @Twingle Mommy- You are absolutely right about the term “natural.”

    @Minnasota Momma- It is a shame that so many adults and children are being exposed to so many food additives, environmental pollutants , etc. It makes me sad.

    @Pink Lady- Thank you for following me!

    @Alex-Thanks for your post and for following me.

    @Theresa- Unfortunately, it is so hard to get answers from some of these corporations. For now, the only thing we can do is stop purchasing products with these ingredients.

  41. Yuck!

    I'm stopping by from the Tuesday blog hop as your newest GFC follower. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

    Meandering Matt

  42. Wow, that IS gross. Thank you for sharing, I'll make sure and check the labels more closely next time!


  43. Well, I am completely grossed out now. You better believe I'll be reading our ice cream labels more carefully from here on out! Sheesh! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I'm your newest follower here. :) Come by and say hi any time!


  44. So, so wrong! BUT, your blog looks RIGHT! I'm the newest follower!

  45. Wow...I have no words to describe the fact that I probably have consumer Beaver Anal Glands :P

    Thank you for visiting and following!!! I'm following you back :)

  46. EWWWWWW!!!

    New GFC Follower-kport207 from the FNFW hop.

    Would love for you to come check out my blog and follow. I have great giveaways going on.

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  48. One more food to cross off my do not eat list. x.x And I loved ice cream.