Animal Ingredients List: Non-Vegan Substances

Animal ingredients appear in a variety of products including:

  • food
  • clothing
  • cosmetics
  • alcohol
  • clothing
  • medicine

Some animal products, like chicken broth or beef extract, are obvious and easy to spot. But others have innocuous-sounding names that you’d never suppose are associated with animals. That’s where this list comes in.

Given that animal-derived substances are everywhere and often unlabeled, it’s essentially impossible to avoid all exposure to them. But familiarizing yourself with the items on this list will help you to avoid the most common animal-derived substances.

Animal Ingredients List

The following ingredients are categorized by whether they appear in food, cosmetics, alcohol, or clothing. A complete discussion of the economic and ethical implications of these substances appears in chapter 24 of the Ultimate Vegan Guide.

Animal Ingredients in Food Products:

  • Carmine
  • Casein
  • Cholesterol
  • Confectioner’s Glaze
  • Fish oil
  • Gelatin
  • Ghee
  • Glycerin
  • Isinglass
  • Lard
  • Lipase
  • Rennet
  • Retinol
  • Shellac
  • Tallow
  • Whey

In Medicine and Supplements:

  • Adrenaline
  • Allantoin
  • Bone Meal
  • Collagen
  • Cortisone / Corticosteroid
  • Cystine
  • Estrogen
  • Gelatin
  • Linoleic Acids
  • Pepsin
  • Whey

In Cosmetics:

  • Allantoin
  • Albumin
  • Alpha-Hydroxy Acids
  • Beeswax
  • Bee Pollen
  • Biotin
  • Carmine
  • Collagen
  • Cysteine
  • Elastin
  • Fish scales / Guanine
  • Glycerin
  • Keratin
  • Lanolin
  • Snails
  • Squalene
  • Tallow
  • Wax

Animal-Derived Beer/Wine Fining Substances:

Animal Skin/Fiber/Feathers in Clothing:

For more information about animal ingredients and vegan lifestyles, see our guides, “Why Go Vegan?” and “How to Go Vegan.”


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