Beef  By-Products

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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.

Household Products:

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:

  • Candles
  • Ceramics
  • Crayons
  • Cosmetics
  • Deodorants
  • Detergents
  • Floor Wax
  • Insecticides
  • Insulation
  • Linoleum
  • Mouthwash
  • Paints
  • Paper
  • Perfume
  • Plastic
  • Photographic film
  • Shaving Cream
  • Soaps
  • Synthetic Rubber
  • Textiles
  • Toothpaste


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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Last Updated: Friday, October 09, 2009 03:30 PM