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Questions tagged [is-it-vegan]

Exploring the edges of what is considered vegan. Process contamination, obscure ingredients, and products of unknown composition.

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Readers delight,does it need any tweaks?

I'm writing a recipe called Readers Delight! which I have shared on Genius Kitchen (previously Food.com). My goal is for the recipe to have one ingredient for every letter in the alphabet. This is the ...
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Are animal pollinated foods vegan friendly?

Some foods (e.g. almonds) are 100% reliant on animals (e.g. bees) for pollination. Are foods that are pollinated by animals regarded as vegan friendly?
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Is this coffee syrup recipe vegan or vegetarian?

I would like to know whether this coffee syrup recipe is vegan or just vegetarian. Below is the recipe: Coffee syrup ingredients: 2 cups of sugar 1 cup of coffee Directions: Put the ...
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Which menu items at a sushi restaurant are probably not vegan?

Sushi restaurants tend to have fairly standard menu (at least where I live in Canada). Aside from fish which is clearly not vegan, which other items on the menu are probably not vegan? I already ...
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Is smoking consistent with vegan principles?

Can you be a vegan and smoke cigarettes? I ask the question because I saw many people using clothes with vegan logos and making vegan campaign smoking cigarettes. I've seen sites that say cigarettes ...
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Is wine considered vegan?

As per this Wikipedia article many wines are apparently made using a catalyst that is an animal byproduct. The finings settle to the bottom and are removed. So when consuming the wine, there are no ...
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How can I identify whether the sugar in a packaged food is vegan or not?

Many packaged foods contain sugar, which may be processed using bone char. I read on the net that the usage of bone char in sugar production is decreasing. How can I identify whether the sugar in a ...
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Can I tell whether E-numbered food additives are animal derived?

Cadbury Oreo Chocolate flavor contains E322 as an emulsifier. I searched on the net and found that it can be plant or animal derived. So how do I know whether this product is vegan or not? And can ...
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Could wool from sheep living in an animal sanctuary be considered vegan?

As far as I know, some sheep need to be shorn because they were bred to produce more wool. If such a sheep is rescued from a sheep station by an animal sanctuary, which is a non-profit organization,...
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Is Kellogg's Chocos cereal vegan?

It contains Wheat solids (62.6%) {Whole Wheat Flour (31.3%), Wheat Flour (31.3%)}, Sugar, Cocoa Solids (5.4%), Minerals, Edible Vegetable Oil (Palmolein), Malt Extract, Iodized Salt, Color (INS ...
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Are veg pastries from Monginis vegan?

I might go to a party today and there will be veg pastries made by an Indian company Monginis. When I searched for these pastries, I found that milk solids are used in these cakes. Are they vegan ...
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Is brown bread vegetarian and/or vegan?

A quick Google doesn't say anything. Reading at the wikipedia article it seems like it is but I am not sure.
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Traces of non-vegan ingredients

On many products I often read through and find that all the ingredients are vegan, then there is a disclaimer following which says there may be traces of certain non-vegan items (most commonly egg or ...
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Is animal dung considered non-vegan?

In Mongolia, animal dung is collected from livestock and used as fire fuel. I think it's used because some areas they live in are poor in wood - it's used to build gers, but too rare to burn. This ...
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Are all of today's horn-rimmed glasses vegan?

So called horn-rimmed glasses seem to be getting popular again. Is it safe to assume that these glasses are all vegan and only made out of plastic nowadays, or are some producers still using actual ...
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Distinguishing vegan from non-vegan candles?

Candles can be made of various ingredients. How can commercial candles be identified as vegan based on the list of ingredients? Are there ways to check whether unmarked (e.g. homemade) candles are ...
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Which contraceptives are vegan?

There exists a wide range of methods for contraception. Some are obvious vegan (e.g. NFP), while others clearly aren't (e.g. birth control pill containing lactose). Which contraceptives are vegan? (...
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Are commercial figs vegan?

My parents have a fig tree and, apart from the occasional worm or bug that might reside in the fig and then be eaten by us, those figs are vegan and grown with vegan methods (we basically just water ...
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Are cosmetics which are tested on animals vegan?

Are cosmetics which are tested on animals considered vegan even if they only contain plant-based ingredients?
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Is usage of corals vegetarian and/or vegan?

I did a quick google on the topic and the only sensible thing was this Yahoo answer. However, I wanted to check here as well. Also, according to Wikipedia corals are animals (marine invertebrates) ...
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Is Marmite (UK) vegan?

Just to clarify, I am from the UK and so I am talking about UK Marmite: As you can see from the pot, they say it's vegetarian, but it's yeast extract, so does that mean it's not vegan? Does yeast ...
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Is there a list of which UK E-Numbers aren't vegetarian or vegan?

I often see lots of E-Numbers in ingredient lists and I know some probably aren't vegetarian, and some definitely aren't vegan.. Especially as all ofthem seem to be made out of crushed up bugs! They ...
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Are common printer ink cartridges vegan?

I saw a report on TV that food coloring can be animal-based, especially the red ones. Is it the same for common printer inks (i.e. printer brands inks)? If so, is there a vegan alternative?
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Is using bee's wax OK for vegans?

I am not vegan, but was wondering whether vegans will use bee's wax. My guess is that, given most won't eat honey, the answer is no but the method of collecting wax can be different, for example it ...
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Would vegans eat fruits with worms?

Many organic fruits might come with worms inside. Some kind of fruits (like guayaba and mangos during the tropical rainy season) are very likely to have worms inside. Is it vegan to eat them? How do ...
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Can a fertilizer be vegan?

Can fertilizer be classified as vegan? If so, what requirements are imposed on it? Is it enough to say that no animal products can be used, or is the discussion more nuanced for fertilizer?
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Are all contact lenses vegan?

It has been asked before whether things (such as sugar, water, tea or condoms) that do not obviously involve the use of animal derivatives might or not be vegan. Here my question is about contact ...
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Can products labeled as “produced in factory that handles milk” be considered vegan?

I know about some vegetarian labeled products that do not contain any non-vegan substances per se, they are just being produced in factories that produce other products which, in turn, contain dairy ...
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Do some vegans avoid using cookware that's previously been used to cook meat?

We have a "mixed diet" household, so much of our cookware has (at some point) been used to cook meat, poultry, or fish. However, I also like to cook vegan food for vegan friends who visit. I know ...
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Why are some condoms not vegan?

If you do a web search for "vegan condoms" (yes, vegans use exotic and conscious search engines..) you will find that cruelty-free prophylactics are an item that is being sold. However, how could a ...
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Are there any teas that are non-vegan?

I am curious whether there are some teas that are not vegan (do not contain animal product, not even insects, fungal product is fine). I am interested mainly in teas available in European countries, ...
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Is the use of pesticides considered vegan?

While sometimes considered indispensable for crops protection, pesticides are basically weapons of mass destruction aimed at insects and other animals that eat crops. Can food produced with the aid of ...
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Can food of purely mineral origin be considered vegan?

Natural salt is of mineral origin, thus does not involve animals thus is vegan. But how about a chemical of purely mineral origin? E.g. Can synthetically produced L-Ascorbic acid from ingredients ...
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Are there non-vegan water sources?

It would seem obvious that in modern society (USA) your water comes to the tap without involving animal exploitation. But most municipal (city) water supplies involve several types of treatment ...
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How can I tell if wheat flour is vegan?

In another answer, I learned that some flour is not vegan because it may have been bleached with bone char. When I'm shopping, what do I need to look for to ensure I'm getting vegan flour?
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What ingredients may be in chocolate that are not suitable for vegans?

Since chocolate is plant-based (made from cacao beans), it can be vegan. Some contains dairy products, which is obviously not vegan. Apart from dairy products, what other common ingredients in ...
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Is yeast-risen bread (or other baked products) vegan?

Most breads are leavened with yeast, which is killed during baking. If my recipe is flour, water, yeast, and a bit of salt, is the resulting bread non-vegan?
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Is eating lab-grown meat vegan?

Considering the technology advancement where you could have meat grown in a lab, would it be considered vegan (since it is not a animal product)? Would it depend whether the lab-grown meat was ...
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What beer is vegan?

What beer is considered vegan, and why? Is it about yeast, gelatin or some other ingredients? In other words, what are the key ingredients in beer which makes it non-vegan (so they can be avoided ...
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Is some sugar not vegan?

White or brown sugar is made from sugar cane, or from sugar beets. Both of those are vegetables. Since sugar doesn't come from an animal, why do some brands of sugar bother mentioning on the package ...
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Hidden non-vegetarian or vegan ingredients

I imagine there's a (hopefully) short list of items that may appear innocuous on a food label which are in fact of animal origin in same way. Ones I'm aware of include casein (to clarify beer) and ...