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What is taurine made from?

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According to News-Medical.net, taurine is obtained from isethionic acid (2-hydroxyethanesulfonic acid), which in turn is obtained from the reaction of ethylene oxide with aqueous sodium bisulfite. The reaction of aziridine with sulfurous acid is also how taurine is made.

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Taurine is an amino acid, a chemical that is a required building block of protein. Although taurine occurs naturally in food and breast milk, nearly all commercially available taurine is chemically synthesized.

Taurine contains a sulfonate group. In 1993, approximately 5,000 to 6,000 tons of taurine were produced for commercial purposes; half was used for pet food manufacture and the other half for pharmaceutical applications.

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