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Foods You Eat That Contain Beaver Butt Juice || GutBusted

Foods You Eat That Contain Beaver Butt Juice || GutBusted

– Believe it or not,
there might just be beaver butt juice hidden
inside your daily diet. You had no idea, did you? Don’t worry about
it, let me explain. Hello nerds of the interweb,
my name is Wil Fulton, and this is “GutBusted,” the
“Daily Hit” show where we try our dang hardest to debunk
the dumbest myths swirling around food and drink, or
in some cases, tell you why they’re actually
true and not so dumb. Which leads me to
today’s topic, castoreum. Now you might have seen a
viral post on social media, possibly shared by your
alarmist aunt who hasn’t left her house in five years
and owns 40 ferrets, that artificial raspberry,
vanilla, or strawberry flavor comes from a mixture of beaver
pee and a sap-like substance that’s secreted out of
beaver bums called castoreum. It’s wild. But unlike your aunt’s
other posts about chemtrails leading to premarital sex,
and Harry Potter converting children to stone cold
satanists, this one actually has some truth to it. – Ew! – I know what you’re thinking,
holy sh*t, our government is in collusion with Big Food
to poison our bodily fluids with beaver crap. It all makes sense now, right? Slow your roll, not exactly. We’re gonna need someone to
come in and explain exactly what castoreum is. Natalia, I bet you wanna
give this one a shot. – Hey everyone, it’s
Natalia Reagan, your Seeker science correspondent, here to talk to you
about one of my favorite subjects, beaver
butt juice, mmm. Just like mom used to serve. Seriously, though, that’s
what castoreum really is. – Uh. – So beavers have something
called castor sacs between their pelvis and their tail. These produce castoreum,
which is generally used in conjunction with urine
to help animals mark their territory. This secretion is generally
mixed with urine or anal secretions too, just because
of the close proximity to, well, all that stuff. – This is all super
informative and all National Geographic-y, but I’m
confused why anyone would want to add this stuff to food. – Don’t worry, Wil, so was I. Surprisingly, this stuff
smells like vanilla? And when diluted in alcohol, it picks
up a nice, fruity musk. And it’s also safe to eat. The US Food and Drug
Administration has declared it generally safe, and for the
past hundred years or so, food scientists have added
castoreum to natural flavoring, which, of course it is. What’s more natural
than a beaver’s butt? I mean, right? Everybody with me here, anybody? – What kind of food products
are we talking about here? – Castoreum can be and
has been added to products like ice cream, iced
tea, candy, fruit drinks, the list goes on and on. It even is said to
taste like raspberry. – I don’t know if
that’s better or worse. – Wil, you have
nothing to worry about. This stuff is totally safe. But there’s also some good
news if you’re still squeamish. Even though castoreum can
and has been added to so many food products — you could
be eating it right now — it’s actually pretty rare. And mainly because
it’s expensive. Beaver butts don’t
grow on trees. The total annual consumption
of castoreum is estimated to be about 292 pounds
overall. That’s less than a millionth of a
pound per person. Hopefully you don’t need
a scientist to tell you that’s not a lot, cause
I’m a scientist and that’s not a lot. – All right, it makes me feel
a little bit better to know my life is not awash
in beaver butt juice. – Oh, with one caveat. Some perfumes and cologne
producers still use castoreum as a scent enhancer. So, while you almost definitely
aren’t eating castoreum, you might be wearing it. Oh, yeah, mmm,
beaver, beaver butt. – What is that smell? – That’s the smell
of desire, my lady. – So there is some truth
to this myth, but you’re probably not eating too
much castoreum anyway. And if you are, you should
feel lucky, it’s like a delicacy. You see, to get it
someone has to actually go out and milk the beaver
sacs, which does not sound like the best
job in my opinion. Unless, of course, you’re
into that kind of thing. – No, just. – I guess don’t knock it
until you try it, right? Anyone got a beaver sac? For more excellent “Daily
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description, and to win yourself a free bottle of castoreum,
click the video right to my left. I’m just kidding, it’s
about double dipping.

15 thoughts on “Foods You Eat That Contain Beaver Butt Juice || GutBusted”

  1. Yeah – not a lot of it is used anymore… now we get imitation Beaver Butt Juice in your imitation Vanilla. At least we don't eat Ambergris, now that's gross!

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