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Is White Bread Vegan?

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White bread seems like it could be vegan. Flour, water, yeast, salt…what else do you need? While you can make bread with just those ingredients, most white bread is not vegan. The most common non-vegan ingredients are: dried milk powder or milk butter eggs lecithin (the non-plant kind) Mono- and di-glycerides While some brands of white bread in stores are vegan, most are not. Classic White...

Is Salt Water Taffy Vegan?

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Some salt water taffy is vegan, and some isn’t. It depends on the brand, and sometimes depends on your personal definition of veganism. Let me quickly explain why. Obvious Non-Vegan Ingredients in Salt Water Taffy The core ingredients of taffy are various forms of sugar (corn syrup, plain white sugar, etc.), plus oils. The big issue is that some popular salt water taffies contain egg whites...

The Simplest Vegan Meal Prep Shopping List

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If you’re just getting started with vegan meal prep, it’s best to keep things simple. You want to focus on flexible ingredients that go well with most other vegan foods and reheat well. This lets you cook a big batch of each individual ingredient, and then toss them all together. For each meal, you generally want to aim to have a vegan protein source, vegetables (a mix), a grain. Here are the...

The Vegan Guide to Clif Bars

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I’ve been a big fan of Clif Bars for a while. They’re not super healthy, but they have a decent amount of protein, and taste great. Many types of Clif Bars happen to be vegan-friendly, and they’re easy to find in stores and on sites like Amazon and Billion Vegans. There are 5 main types of Clif Bars, all with different core ingredients, so I’ve divided this guide into 5 section, each with its own...

The Complete Vegan Guide to Whole Foods Market

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Warning: Super long post. I went vegan cold turkey one night and I was faced with a difficult question: “What am I supposed to eat now?” I was used to a typical North American diet, so I was out of my comfort zone. My gut told me: Go to Whole Foods. I had no clue what to buy, so I aimlessly wandered around and eventually picked out a few things. This guide is my attempt to save you...

The Best Vegan Alternatives to Sour Cream

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Whether you typically use sour cream when baking, or add it to soups and potatoes, you have a few options as a vegan. Sour cream is made using cream (dairy) with lactic acid. Since lactic acid can be obtained from non-animal sources, we can made plant-based sour creams that do a decent job replicating the traditional one. I’ve divided your main options into 2 main categories: Store-bought and...

The Best Lettuce for Lettuce Wraps That Doesn’t Fall Apart

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Lettuce wraps are a savior if you still want to eat burgers and wraps while watching your calories. They don’t work as well as bread does, but some types of lettuce are better than others. After eating dozens of wraps over the years, and trying many types of lettuce, here are my top 4 from best to worst. 1. Butter Lettuce It’s not always easy to find, but if you have access to butter lettuce...

Is Chex Mix Vegan? (These Flavors Might Be…)

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Chex Mix is super easy to find, particularly at convenient stores and gas stations, so it’d be nice if it was vegan friendly. Out of the several flavors of Chex Mix, it turns out that most are not vegan. But 2 of them potentially are. I looked up all the ingredients on the Chex Mix site for each flavor to save you time, and noted down any non-vegan or possibly non-vegan ingredients. The table...

Is Wrigley’s “5 Gum” Vegan?

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Many common gums aren’t vegan. But what about 5 Gum (or 5Gum)? Well it partly depends on your personal definition of veganism, because there are 2 potential issues in most flavors of 5 Gum. Let’s start by looking at the ingredients of 5 Gum. Ingredients of 5 Gum There are 5 main flavors currently. They all have similar base ingredients, but have slightly different coloring additives. Here are the...

Are ‘Natural Flavors’ Vegan?

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You see them on many ingredients lists: “Natural Flavors” This is a catch-all term for many ingredients that are added for flavoring purposes. Some of those flavors come from vegan sources, and some do not. So this puts us in a bind. It’s not safe in most cases to assume that natural flavors are vegan-friendly. In the United States (and similar in most other places), the FDA says this about...