Verdict: Wonder Bread is probably not vegan..
- Classic white Wonder bread contains multiple ingredients that may or may not be vegan.
- It’s likely dairy-free (but I wouldn’t take a chance if you have an allergy).
- There’s a fairly high chance that eithe rthe sodium stearoyl lactylate, lecithin, or glycerides are derived from animal products.
White Wonder bread used to clearly not be vegan.
It contained whey, which is a dairy byproduct in the cheese-making process.
But at some point in the past few years, the ingredients seems to have changed, and there’s no longer any whey in it.
That doesn’t necessarily make it vegan, but there are no longer any obvious animal products in it.
Wonder Bread Ingredients
Here’s the list of ingredients in classic white Wonder bread (I’ve highlighted the ones relevant for vegans):
Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains 2% or Less of Each of the Following: Yeast, Salt, Soybean Oil, Wheat Gluten, Dough Conditioners (Contains One or More of the Following: Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Calcium Stearoyl Lactylate, Monoglycerides and/or Diglycerides, Calcium Peroxide, Calcium Iodate, DATEM, Ethoxylated Mono- and Diglycerides, Enzymes), Soy Flour, Yeast Food (Ammonium Sulfate), Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Soy, Lecithin, Calcium Propionate (to Retard Spoilage).
Most ingredients are clearly vegan, but there are a few that may or may not be vegan:
- Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate – This can be made from either plant or animal sources.
- Mono- and Diglycerides – Glycerides can also be made from either plant or animal sources.
- Lecithin – Again, some lecithin is vegan because it’s made from plant sources (i.e. soy, sunflower), but animal-based lecithin is also quite common.
- Enzymes – Most enzymes in bread are vegan these days, but there is still a chance that they’re not in this case.
The only ones who know what these ingredients were made from is the manufacturer.
The whole grain and whole wheat Wonder Bread loafs have almost the same ingredients, just different flours.
Verdict: Wonder Bread Probably Isn’t Vegan
I’ve requested additional information from Wonder Bread multiple times, and will update this page if they get back to me. However, they haven’t so far (and I don’t really expect them too).
For now, I’d say it’s common sense to assume that at least one of those ingredients is probably not vegan.
So, while there’s a chance that white Wonder Bread (or other varieties) are vegan, it most likely is not vegan.