12 February 2013

What's that chemical in my food? Find the answer in Veganissimo A to Z

 Remember the Starbucks cochineal extract debacle back in 2012? Most people didn’t know what cochineal extract, a mixture of crushed insects used as red dye, was or that it is utilized in many drinks and food. Wouldn’t some type of reference source have come in handy when looking out for additives like cochineal -- or it's derivative carmine?

Veganissimo A to Z is a dictionary compiled by Reuben Proctor and Lars Thomsen listing ingredients and chemicals found in everyday products and where they come from.

Relatively small in size, the useful dictionary can be easily brought on shopping trips. When buying anything from food to makeup to medicine, Veganissimo A to Z can help intimidating chemical names such as “Glycosaminoglycans” be simply translated to “obtained from the connective tissue or internal organs of mammals.”

In a time period where so many unknown chemicals and hidden ingredients are used in products, Veganissimo A to Z is the perfect book for vegans and non-vegans alike to know exactly what they are purchasing.

Authors Proctor and Thomsen state in the introduction: “We want this book to help people look behind closed doors and recognize where out commodities come from and at whose expense they are made.”

Click here to read more or to purchase Veganissimo A to Z.

Julia Fortney | email
Julia is a student who has a passion for veganism, animal welfare, and religious studies.

Photo credit: Veganissimo Disclaimer: A review copy was provided