Is Captain Crunch Vegan? (Probably Not…)


I’ve seen many people claim that Captain (or Cap’n) Crunch is vegan friendly.

I disagree…

I’ll walk you through why I don’t think Captain Crunch is vegan, and you can make your own verdict at the end.

What’s In Captain Crunch?

captain crunch box

I’ve found the ingredients to the original flavor of Captain Crunch. Let’s take a quick look at them.

Here’s the full list:

Corn Flour, Sugar, Oat Flour, Brown SugarPalm and/or Coconut Oil, Salt, Reduced Iron, Yellow 5, Niacinamide*, Zinc Oxide, Yellow 6, Thiamin Mononitrate*, BHT (a preservative), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride*, Riboflavin*, Folic Acid*.

At first, this might appear to be vegan, but I’m pretty confident that most ethical vegans would say that Captain Crunch is not vegan.

I’ve highlighted multiple ingredients that are potentially problems.

Is the Sugar in Captain Crunch Vegan?

Not all white and brown sugar is vegan.

A lot of sugar, mainly in North America, is filtered using bone char, made from the bones of animals. It’s a cheap way for sugar manufacturers to make sugar as white as possible. (Note that brown sugar is made from white sugar, so same issue).

While the only ones who knows if the sugar in Captain Crunch was made with bone char is Quaker, it’s likely not. Huge companies usually have multiple sugar suppliers, and the chances that at least one of those uses bone char is pretty high.

In addition, cheap cereals usually use cheap ingredients (shocker), which also increases the chance that the sugar was filtered with bone char.

What About Artificial Colors?

Second are the artificial colorings, yellow 5 and 6 in particular.

These dyes have routinely been tested on animals (mice, rats, dogs, and more) for the past decades, and it doesn’t seem like it’s stopping any time soon.

I’ve written a detailed guide to why artificial colorings might not be vegan.

Finally, Not All Vegans Eat Palm Oil

palm oil bowl

Note that based on the fact that it says “and/or”, palm oil may not be used in your country.

While it’s controversial, many vegans don’t eat palm oil. The industry is responsible for cruel treatment and near extinction of orangutans, tigers, and many other animals.

Most ethical vegans share this viewpoint once they learn more about the palm industry. So while it’s technically a vegan ingredient, many vegans don’t consider it to be so based on their personal definition of veganism.

Is Captain Crunch Vegan to You?

Bottom line, if you’re an ethical vegan, captain crunch is not vegan.

However, if you have your own personal definition of veganism that differs and you’re okay with both these ingredients, then you may disagree.

I’m not here to pass judgement, just to lay out the facts so you can make your own decision.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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