If you read the ingredients label on a loaf of bread, you will usually find
an ingredient listed there as L-cysteine. This is a non-essential
amino acid added to many baked goods as a dough conditioner in order to speed
industrial processing. It's usually not added directly to flour intended for
home use, but you'll find it throughout commercial breads such as pizza
dough, bread rolls and pastries.
While some L-cysteine is directly synthesized in laboratories, most of it is
extracted from a cheap and abundant natural
protein source: human hair. The hair is dissolved in acid and L-cysteine
is isolated through a chemical process, then packaged and shipped off to
commercial bread producers. Besides human hair, other
sources of L-cysteine include chicken feathers, duck feathers, cow horns and
Most of the hair used to make L-cysteine is gathered from the floors of
barbershops and hair salons in China, by the way.
While the thought of eating dissolved hair might make some people uneasy,
most Western consumers ultimately have no principled objections doing so. For
Jews and Muslims, however, hair-derived L-cysteine poses significant
problems. Muslims are forbidden from eating anything derived from a human
body, and many rabbis forbid hair consumption
for similar reasons. Even rabbis who permit the consumption of hair would
forbid it if it came from corpses -- and since much L-cysteine comes from
China, where sourcing and manufacturing practices are notoriously
questionable, this is a real concern. In one case, a rabbi forbade the
consumption of L-cysteine because the hair had been harvested during a ritual
at a temple in India.
Source: 25 Amazing Facts About Food, authored by Mike
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