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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...

The 5 Best Vegan Alternatives to Heavy Cream

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Heavy cream might not be an option for vegans, but there are quite a few decent substitutes if you’re trying to veganize a recipe. They focus on 3 main types of ingredients: Coconut Soy Nuts Not surprisingly, these are also the main types of non-dairy milks. 1. Mix Soy Milk With Olive Oil Heavy cream is made from milk and butter, and non-dairy milk is already comparable to dairy milk. So all...

Are English Muffins Vegan?

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They look like simple pieces of bread, but for some reason, most English Muffins are not vegan. Take one of the most popular brands, Bays, and let’s look at the ingredients in their sourdough English muffins:  Bleached Wheat Flour, Water…Dry Whole Milk, Butter, Lactic Acid These are typical ingredients. Almost every brand you’ll find in most stores has some form of milk or butter. But...

Are All K Cups Vegan? [List]

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This is a good news and bad news situation. Many K cups are vegan, but some are not. To make life more complicated, the ingredients are usually only listed on the box itself, not the individual cup containers. That makes things especially difficult if you’re used to grabbing a K cup at work or from a friend. There are literally hundreds of unique K cups, so I haven’t created a list of all of...

The 3 Best Vegan Alternatives to Butter

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There are some foods that vegans need to go without a good alternative to, but butter is not one of them. I literally can’t tell the difference between a good vegan butter and dairy butter that I had in the past. I’ll go through all the best vegan butter alternatives in this post, from best to worst. The Best Alternative: Store-Bought Vegan Butters or Make Your Own When I first went vegan, I...

The Best Vegan Alternatives for Eggs (For Breakfast, Baking, and Binding)

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Before going vegan, I ate eggs every day for years. So I had a big hole to fill after making the switch. Luckily, it’s not hard to substitute for eggs in baking with vegan alternatives, and there are even some plant-based egg recipes that come close to the original. The Best Direct Vegan Egg Substitutes for Cooking and Baking I’ll break down all your alternatives, but keep in mind that the best...