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I have little habits and patterns, one of which is drinking a tall glass of water with a packet of Emergen-C each day. I like the raspberry flavor best, but have switched to "Tangerine - Joint Health" (which delivers Glucosamine and Chondrioitin to my bum knee in addition to all the happy vitamins).

Today I happened to glance at the back of the package which clearly says: "Contains ingredient derived from Crustacean shellfish".

Hmmm....not a happy fact for we vegetarians.



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Sep. 25th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
wow. That's a bit evil. I also tend to drink that same stuff....and while I'm not a veggie, I like to know if I'm eating animals or not.
Sep. 25th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, my Bone Health packet does not say that.
I think it much be the Chondrioitin in the joint health version. It is usually derived from animal cartilage, or so says the internet.
Sep. 25th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Glucosamine is also usually derived from shellfish, so says Wikipedia.
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
I had no freakin' clue. I'm a bit embarrassed, given how much I rant about folks knowing where their food comes from. Thanks for the info!
Sep. 25th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Alas, it's true. Both supplements are usually derived from animals.

Glucosamine, at least, can be derived from plant stuffs. If you search for "vegetarian glucosamine", you'll find a few options. I don't know if chondrioitin can ever be veggie, though. A search for vegetarian chondrioitin brings up a lot of results for supplements in vegetarian capsules -- but encasing shellfish in vegetarian gelatin seems to rather miss the point...

I've been thinking of embarking on a month of vegetarianism before the end of the year, and I suspect I'll keep taking g/c supplements -- I've found they make a world of difference. Apparently the combination of the two does much more than either of them alone.

Good luck, and good health to your knee. (And, to the rest of you too!)

Sep. 26th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Chondroitin is derived from animal cartilage. I don't know if it is even possible to get usable quantities from plant sources. At best, they would be noticeably more expensive.

I've found a couple of online stores who say they will start selling "vegan chondroitin" soon, but I wonder if that is actually the same compound. They might just be trying for a substitute, like vegetarian bacon or sodium-free table salt.
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Can I hold the paradox of not being a marshmallow eater, yet still be a G/C taker?

I mean I'm not a purist...I do wear leather now and then.

It's a conundrum I'll have to explore.
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Now that's a pickle - and I'm not sure what I want to do with it.

I really value my choice around vegetarianism and wish I could step even further into a lifestyle that does not support industrialized farming (particularly the meat industry)...but I also care about my health. I've tormented myself over becoming vegan because it's a choice I'd like to make as per my values...but I also think that I'd end up eating a lot more processed foods - and I worry about Calcium (gods - I'm an old fart).

G/C supplements do make a huge difference so I'll have to weigh consuming animal products vs. hobbling and being quite uncomfortable.

Ah choices. FUN! ;>)
Sep. 25th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
That really sucks, but your subject line made me giggle aloud (and I thought an alternative might be:

The Lobster Clause, or "Waiter, there's a lobster in my drink." "But of course there is, don't you know that lobsters live in the C?" ;>
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)

Mr. H?

This is an intervention. Your sense of humor is perhaps the most groan inspiring and eye-roll inducing that I have ever known.

Sometimes....it hurts me.

Didn't Micheal Pollan tell you that there is already an overabundance of corn in this country? And surely, I thought NH had ample access to local cheese.

*giggles behind hand..."lobster clause...so bad"*
Sep. 26th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
hee hee. High praise, indeed. I blame society.
Sep. 29th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
lobster clause
...just a little too late for last week's entry in the New Yorker's Cartoon Caption Contest

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