Is Beyond Raw Lit Pre-Workout Vegan?


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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:

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, Mr. Hyde, or Reign Total Body instead. It still has artificial colors, but the rest of the ingredients are vegan.

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.

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