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For as long as animals have been used for food, by-products have been important to humans. Cattle provide us with many by-products parts of the cow other than beef- which are used to create industrial, household, health, and food products, many of which you consume or use every day:
Gelatin comes from the connective tissue of cattle and is used to make many of the foods we often eat: candies, dairy products, desserts, diet products, jellies and marshmallows.
You'd be surprised at the number of products in your home made with cattle by-products No matter where you live, you likely have several of the following products in your home made from fats and proteins:
- Floor Wax
- Photographic film
- Shaving Cream
- Synthetic Rubber
Since cattle are organically similar to humans, our bodies easily accept medication or a treatment made with animal components:
- Blood factors (for treating hemophilia, killing viruses and making anti-rejection drugs).
- Chymotrypsin (promotes healing of burns and wounds).
- Collagen (used in plastic surgery and to make non-stick bandages).
- Cortisol (anti-inflammatory).
- Glucagon (treats hypoglycemia or low blood sugar).
- Heparin (anticoagulant used to treat blood clots).
- Insulin (for treating diabetes or high blood sugar).
- Pancreatin (aids in digestion of food).
- Thrombin (coagulant which helps blood clot).
- Vasopressin (controls intestinal and renal functions).
- Vitamin B-12 (prevention of B-Complex deficiencies).
Cowhides provides us with leather, which is used to make clothing, shoes, boots, belts, purses, wallets, gloves, luggage, and automobile and furniture upholstery.
Cattle by-products help us to get us where we're going- whether it's by land, air or sea:
- Antifreeze contains glycerol derived from fat.
- Asphalt contains a binding agent from beef fat.
- Beef fats and proteins are used to make auto and jet lubricants, outboard engine oil, high performance greases, and brake fluid.
- Glue from beef protein is used in automobile bodies.
- Tires have stearic acid, which makes rubber hold its shape
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