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Why there are Feathers in Your Cookies

Feathers in Your Cookies

L-Cysteine is produced from feathers, pig bristles and sometimes even human hair.  These days L-Cysteine can also be produced synthetically, yet apparently human hair remains one of the richest sources of this amino acid – it makes up about 14% of your hair - and there is a small industry in China making the additive from hair clippings.  (BBC News) 

L-Cysteine is an additive in many of your store bought and fast food cookies, bagels, pizzas and other bread products.  Open your kitchen cabinet and check out the ingredient lists on some of the products.  L-Cysteine is an amino-acid that helps to condition dough items.  It is a legally permitted food additive, although there are some religious and vegan laws against the product.  If we can enjoy cookies, cupcakes, and breads made with only ingredients we know, why not?  

The mission of Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven is to live well, live sustainably, and liberate taste.   We get to live on a planet with a spectrum of food choices miles wide.  If we only eat from a small portion of that spectrum from store shelves, we are not actually living.   Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven is committed to quality ingredients and excellent flavor.

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