Is Vanilla Extract Vegan?

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Yes, vanilla extract (even artificial ones) are vegan.

I’ve never come across one that wasn’t.

Vanilla extract (the real stuff) is made by breaking up vanilla pods and filtering them through a mixture of ethanol and water.

No concerns there.

The artificial vanilla extract, which you can easily identify by the cheap price, is synthesized from guaiacol, a by-product of the wood pulp industry.

Either way, it doesn’t come in contact with or contain any animal products.

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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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