What Ingredients are in Your Beer?
Video – The reason that beer companies in the US don’t disclose ingredients is simple: they don’t have to.
“Ingredient labeling on food products and non-alcoholic beverages is required by the Food and Drug Administration. But a whole other federal agency regulates beer, and not very well. The Department of Treasury – the same folks who collect your taxes – oversees alcoholic beverages. That probably explains why we know more about what’s in a can of Coke than a can of Bud. You can also thank the alcohol industry, which has lobbied for years against efforts to require ingredient labeling.” ~ Michele Simon, a public health lawyer and author of Appetite for Profit
So what ingredients are in your beer? It’s very possible that if you drink some of the most common beers made and/or sold in America, you’re drinking a variety of chemical food additives, which may include:
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- Propylene Glycol (an ingredient found in anti-freeze)
- Calcium Disodium EDTA (made from formaldehyde, sodium cayanide, and Ethylenediamine)
- Many different types of sulfites and anti-microbial preservatives (linked to allergies and asthma)
- Natural Flavors (can come from anything natural including a beavers anal gland)
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- GMO Sugars – Dextrose, Corn Syrup
- Caramel Coloring (Class III or IV made from ammonia and classified as a carcinogen)
- FD&C Blue 1 (Made from petroleum, linked to allergies, asthma and hyperactivity)
- FD&C Red 40 (Made from petroleum, linked to allergies, asthma and hyperactivity)
- FD&C Yellow 5 (Made from petroleum, linked to allergies, asthma and hyperactivity)
- Insect-Based Dyes: carmine derived from cochineal insects to color their beer.
- Animal Based Clarifiers: Findings include isinglass (dried fish bladder), gelatin (from skin, connective tissue, and bones), and casein (found in milk)
- Foam Control: Used for head retention; (glyceryl monostearate and pepsin are both potentially derived from animals)
- BPA (Bisphenol A is a component in many can liners and it may leach into the beer. BPA can mimic the female hormone estrogen and may affect sperm count, and other organ functions.)
- Carrageenan (linked to inflammation in digestive system, IBS and considered a carcinogen in some circumstances)
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