Are you vegan or thinking about going vegan? Then you've probably heard that there are some foods that are not vegan. Sugar is one of those foods. But why is it so? In this article, we will uncover the truth about the vegan suitability of sugar.
Sugar is a general term that encompasses many types of crystalline carbohydrate found in foods and beverages. The two most common types of sugar are sucrose and fructose. Sucrose is beet or cane sugar and fructose is fruit sugar. Sugar is sold in many different forms, such as white sugar, brown sugar, glucose syrup and many more.
The reason why sugar is often not considered vegan is because there is often animal charcoal (also known as activated charcoal) used as a filter during the production of sugar. This animal charcoal is made from bones of animals such as cows, pigs and sheep. It also happens that sugar is colored with natural flavors from animal sources such as beeswax or carmine.
There are two types of sugar that can be considered vegan. The first type is organic sugar that does not go through an animal charcoal filter. The second type is sugar that is labeled and certified as vegan. There are many brands that offer vegan sugar, and organic sugar is also easy to find.
If you live vegan but don't want to give up sugar, there are many alternatives you can use. Some of the alternatives include maple syrup, agave syrup, coconut sugar, and stevia. However, it is important to note that some of these alternatives are more expensive than sugar and may also have a different taste.
In summary, sugar is not always vegan. If you want to be sure that the sugar you use is vegan, you should choose organic sugar or sugar specifically labeled as vegan. It's also important to be aware that there are many vegan alternatives to sugar that you can try.
I am Julius Walter, the founder of the blog "Veganhalunke", where I write about the vegan lifestyle. As a long-time vegan, I want to inspire others to also switch to a vegan diet and live an environmentally conscious lifestyle. I offer advice and tips for making the switch to a vegan diet and hope that my blog can help make a positive change for our world.