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Are Cocoa Puffs Vegan?

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The short answer is that it depends on how strict a vegan you are. Technically, Cocoa Puffs are not vegan. If you’d like to know why, read on. Ingredients in Cocoa Puffs There are 2 potential non-vegan ingredients when you look at the ingredients in Cocoa Puffs: Whole grain corn, sugar, corn meal, corn syrup, cocoa processed with alkali, canola oil, fructose, salt, caramel color...

Is Caramel Color Vegan? (Don’t Confuse it With “Caramel”)

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Long story short: It’s probably safe to assume caramel color is vegan, but it’s possible that it’s not. You’ll find it mainly in drinks like soda, but also in a variety of foods. Whether or not it’s vegan depends on what sweetener it was made from. Read on to learn why. How is Caramel Color Made? Caramel color is made by heating carbohydrates (i.e. sugar), which is the caramelization...

Sodium Caseinate is NOT Vegan (Similar to Whey)

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It’s pretty obvious that sodium caseinate is not vegan-friendly when you hear its other name – milk powder. On ingredients list, milk powder is the more common term, but sodium caseinate is sometimes listed. It’s often used in powdered coffee mixes, lactose-free milks, and even in the cream versions of instant oatmeal. If you buy coffee (and related products), you need to be read...

Is White or Brown Sugar Really Vegan? (What About Bone Char?)

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Plain sugar obviously doesn’t have any animal product in it, yet still might not be vegan. That’s because bone char is often used during the refining process. Maybe you’ve heard this, but want the full story, and that’s what I’m here for. I’ve done the research so you don’t have to. This post will walk you through the facts so that you can make your own decision about whether or...

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...

Can Ground Flax Go Bad?

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As I’ve recently experienced first hand, yes it can. But it’s not always easy to notice. Because you’re likely only eating a tablespoon or two at a time, eating rancid flax typically won’t cause more than mild stomach issues. How to Tell If Ground Flax is Expired There are really only 2 ways to tell if it’s gone bad: Smell – This is the most reliable way. If it smells weird (almost...

Are Sour Patch Kids Vegan? (Hint: Not For All Vegans)

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Every so often I see a post on social media or forum saying “Sour Patch Kids are vegan!” Mainly because there are no obvious animal products like gelatin. But to me, they’re wrong. Kind of… Just because there’s no gelatin in a gummy candy, doesn’t mean it’s vegan. I think there are a few things you need to be aware of before you choose whether or not to...

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, but most 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...