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Are Milk Duds Vegan? (Here are the Ingredients)

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Milk Duds are not anywhere close to being vegan. That probably should have been clear by the “milk” in the name. Looking at the ingredient list of Milk Duds and there are many ingredients from animal sources: Corn syrup, Sugar, Vegetable oil (includes Palm oil), Dextrose, Nonfat milk, Whey, Chocolate, Brown sugar, Mono and Diglycerides, Baking Soda, Confectioner’s Glaze, Salt, Dextrin I...

2 Vegan Alternatives to Shrimp Paste

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It’s difficult to find vegan substitutes for uncommon ingredients like shrimp paste. That leaves you with using alternative ingredients that are “close enough” to the taste and texture of it. There are 2 vegan pastes that have a similar flavor profile and texture. They won’t be perfect, but should do in a pinch (especially since shrimp paste isn’t usually too crucial of an ingredient). 1. Miso...

The Best Vegan Comfort Food to Eat When Sick

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The best food when you’re sick is somewhat bland, but also tastes good. It’s a tough combination, and even tougher when you’re vegan. But you still have quite a few options. I’ve collected a bunch here, in no particular order. Soup! Soup is an amazing food when you’re sick. It goes down easy, and helps you stay hydrated. You can easily find vegan soups at most stores. Look for Amy’s...

Vegan Alternatives to Ghee

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I’ve yet to see a “vegan ghee” sold in stores. That means that you’ll be left either making your own, or using a substitute. I’ll go over the most common options. 1. Use a Vegan “Butter” Instead There’s a reason that cooks use ghee instead of regular butter in the first place. Still, butter is an okay substitute if needed. There are plenty of vegan butters that you can find in stores...

Is Natural Butter Flavor Vegan?

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Natural butter flavor isn’t the most common ingredients, but I have seen it in some foods and recipes. Considering it’s supposed to be used when butter isn’t an option, that suggests that it might be vegan. While it depends on the brand, most natural butter flavor seems to contain: Alcohol, water & natural flavors For example, this butter extract on Amazon is made of “Water...

Is Lactase Enzyme Vegan?

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You’ll find lactase in medicine, multivitamins, and certain types of food. It’s a pretty common instinct to think that it’s not vegan, because it sounds like lactose, and we associate lactose with milk. However, most lactase is indeed vegan; let me explain. Lactase and Lactose Both these compounds are related. Lactose is a sugar that comes from dairy, it is indeed not vegan...

Why is Vegan Food So Expensive?

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When you first go vegan, it’s pretty common for your grocery costs to go up. Most people start by substituting any meats and animal products they ate with a vegan replica. For example, buying Beyond Burgers instead of beef, or buying vegan scrambled eggs instead of real eggs. These vegan replacements are much more expensive, and there are 2 main reasons why. Why Vegan Speciality Food is More...

Does Tempeh Cause Gas? Is It Normal?

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Tempeh has minimal fiber, is considered low FODMAP, and is fermented, which in theory should make digestion easier. It’s not supposed to give you significant gas. However, though it’s not common, some people find that tempeh gives them gas. There are basically 5 common explanations for it. 1. Could It Be a Soy Allergy? Soy allergies are fairly common. If you’d like to check whether it might be an...

Is Fondant Icing Vegan?

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Fondant has a fairly short ingredients list: Sugar Water Gelatin Vegetable fat or shortening Glycerol Gelatin is never vegan. On top of that, shortening isn’t always vegan, and glycerol may or may not be vegan. So that’s a whole lot of reasons that let us conclude that fondant icing typically isn’t vegan. Vegan Alternatives to Fondant Icing Unfortunately, there’s almost a 0% chance...

Are Gobstoppers Vegan? (Not In My Book…)

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I’ve seen several claims that Gobstoppers are vegan. Many sites say they are, along with other candy with similar ingredients, without presenting the whole story. In reality, strict vegans will not consider Gobstoppers to be vegan. Ingredients in Gobstoppers To explain why I don’t consider them to be vegan-friendly, let’s take a look at the ingredients list: Dextrose, Maltodextrin, and...