On social media and other blog posts, many claim that Irn Bru is vegan.
And by the most basic definition of a food being allowed to be labeled vegan, it is, but there’s one ingredient I’d like to point out.
Ingredients in Irn Bru
Here’s the ingredient list of Irn Bru:
Carbonated Water, Sugar, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Caffeine, FD&C Yellow 6, Ferric Ammonium Citrate.
Since it’s made in Scotland, we don’t need to worry about bone char being used to make the sugar.
The makers of Irn Bru themselves have said it’s “vegan” on social media, so that rules out any concerns about the natural flavors as well.
And yet, I wouldn’t drink it because of the Yellow 6.
“Yellow 6,” also known as Sunset Yellow, is one of the most popular artificial colors that are often tested on animals.
Now, artificial colors are controversial among vegans, but most strict vegans won’t consume them.
It’s not a “huge” deal in the grand scheme of animal suffering, but it’s still a small part, and you should at least consider it before buying Irn Bru.
In summary: Yes, Irn Bru meets the minimum standards for being called “vegan” by most, but many vegans will still not want to drink it.