Did you know that the beer makers are not required to post ingredients on their labels or on their websites? According to a recent report by the Alliance for Natural Health Association, your favorite beer might contain toxic and genetically modified ingredients, including GMO corn syrup, GMO coloring and fish bladder.
Your beer might contain fish bladders
During the process of beer manufacturing, brewers often use a little known gelatin-like substance called isinglass. Isinglass is a fish-derived additive that’s mostly used to aid in speeding up the clarification of cask-conditioned ales.
The practice is generally considered natural and safe but it may be something vegetarians would like to know – that fish bladder could be in their beer.
Here is a list of “legal” additives allowed in beer from the book “Chemicals Additives in Beer” by the Center of Science and Public Interest. For example – beer sold here in America can contain several of the following ingredients:
• Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – alcohol is already addictive with some people, but with MSG?! Holy smokes.
• 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.
Here’s a short list of beers to avoid: Anheuser-Busch has corn; Budweiser, Bud Light, and Michelob Ultra all use dextrose, which is also made from corn; Coors, Corona, Foster’s, Miller Light, and Pabst