Although I've never used "Beano," today's NotMilk Column (by Robert Cohen) provided a real surprise about what's in this product often used by veg'ns to "reduce" gaseous output from legume consumption. Personally, I've found that periodic input of fresh healthy raw salads (and accompanying vegetables) is sufficient to do the same thing, though many people decided "Beano's" best for them.
However, what's not well-known is that Beano is NOT vegetarian nor vegan. The gelatin it contains is fish-based and there's other ingredients that just don't seem advisable to ingest:
Yummy! And get this, that list of ingredients is from the online store, "Mother Nature." "Beano" is written up as a "natural enzyme." Indeed, the Beano Website claims it is a "natural food enzyme." Let's see:
- Gelatin (from fish)
- Mannitol ("an osmoticdiuretic agent and a weak renalvasodilator." Man, that just reads "tasty!")
- Magnesium Stearate ("When produced by soap and hard water, magnesium and calcium stearate both form a white solid insoluble in water, and are collectively known as "soap scum".)
- Aspergillus Niger ("... is a fungus and one of the most common species of the genus Aspergillus. It causes a disease called black mold on certain fruits and vegetables such as grapes, onions, and peanuts, and is a common contaminant of food.")
- Invertase ("...is a sucrase enzyme.")
- Colloidal Silica ("... are suspensions of fine amorphous, nonporous, and typically spherical silica particles in a liquid phase.")
- Cellulose Gel (essentially a "fat replacer.")
So what can we learn from the above exercise? Maybe that companies claiming their product is "natural" are implying a "wholesomeness" that isn't real regarding their product, that we would be naiive to believe such marketing claims without a little research, and that Beano, far from being a "natural enzyme," is actually a laboratory-produced chemical concoction of whose ultimate effect on our body I doubt we truly understand.
Please think about this when buying highly-processed so-called "natural" vegan products. Read the labels to see what the ingredients are, and ask yourself, "do I really want to put this into my body?"