Bad news: Lit pre-workout isn’t vegan.
The active ingredients all appear to be vegan to me, most are synthetic. Even creatine is almost always vegan nowadays.
However, take a look at the list of the “other” ingredients:
Natural & Artificial Flavors, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Soy Oil and Lecithin Blend, Calcium Silicate , Shellac, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Blue #1, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Acetylate Monoglycerides, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Silicate Hydroxide
Shellac is not vegan, it’s made from beetle excretions. Therefore, by traditional definitions of veganism, Beyond Raw Lit is not vegan.
Now, I understand that not all vegans consider insects to be animals.
If you’re one of them, there are still a few other ingredients to be concerned about:
- Natural flavors –Natural flavors may be vegan, but it’s an umbrella term that covers both vegan and non-vegan ingredients.
- Artificial colors (yellow 5, blue 1) – Some vegans don’t eat artificial colors. There’s animal testing surrounding the industry, and it’s a grey area at best.
- Acetylate monoglycerides – Monoglycerides may be vegan, as they can come from either animal or plant sources.
- Glycerin – Glycerin can also come from either plant or animal sources.
So even if you’re willing to overlook the shellac, Lit pre-workout still likely isn’t vegan.
Most pre-workouts are going to have some issues for vegans.
I’d recommend just getting the active supplements like caffeine or creatine themselves, or if you really want a pre-workout, consider Cellucor C4 instead. It still has artificial colors, but the rest of the ingredients are vegan.