After being vegetarian for quite a few years and vegan for around 3 now, I have researched my butt off and have become aware of many things that aren't vegan, even if they may seem to be. However, upon further research, there are a few things in this list that I wasn't aware of, or didn't even think about - Such as black tattoo dyes and certain "vegetarian foods", which aren't vegetarian at all.
I know it can be overwhelming sometimes, but don't be too hard on yourself if you are feeling a little lost with things that are vegan/not vegan. If you are new to it all, just go easy and do what you can and you'll gradually learn more and more and then you'll eventually not have to think about it so much, since you'll already know what you can eat and what you may want to avoid. :)
Hopefully you will all learn at least one knew fact from this list! Please please, comment if you have any additional things that I haven't mentioned in this post!
Things that Aren't (always) Vegan:
- Worcestershire Sauce - Anchovies, however there are vegan brands
- Marshmallows - Gelatin, there are vegan brands though, thank goodness!)
- Altoids - Gelatin
- White Sugar - Not all sugar is processed using bone char, but some still are. Your body really doesn't need white sugar, so you're better finding a healthier sweetener anyway :)
- Some Beers/Wines - Some beers (Guiness) and wines are clarified using gelatin, isinglass (fish bladders), bone marrow, casein… Here is a list of which alcoholic beverages are vegan and which are not: http://www.barnivore.com/ (Yay! My fave beer (Grolsch) is vegan friendly!...phew!)
- Jello/Jelly - Gelatin
- Frosted Mini Wheats - Contains gelatin, but the Kashi brand is gelatin-free!
- Apple Juice - Some apple juices are clarified using the bladder of fish, isinglass)
- Some jams - Some contain gelatin
- Certain gummy candies - gelatin
- Paintballs - Apparently most contain gelatin
- Tattoo ink - While there are some plant-based dyes, a lot of the black inks are made from charcoal made by burning animal bones. Who knew? I didn’t.
- Galaxy Brand Veggie Slices – Not vegan or dairy free. What.
- Red Dyes – Many red dyes are coloured using the scales of tiny insects (Can be listed in the ingredients as Natural Red #4)
- Seasoned/BBQ-flavoured chips/crisps - Many contain traces of milk and/or animal fat
- Non-dairy Creamer – Contains caseinate, which is derived from milk.
- Dry-roasted Peanuts - At least the Planters kind, contains gelatin
- MorningStar Veggie “Sausage” Patties – traces of dairy
- Certain Canned vegetable soups – can be made with beef stock.
- Certain Orange Juice brands – Fish oil and lanolin.
- Dryer Sheets/Detergents – Many dryer sheet brands/cleaners aren’t vegan.
- Some Vitamins/Supplements – Many kinds contain animal bi-products, especially in the capsules/casings.
- Some chewing gums – Animal-derived glycerin, not to mention aspartame. Ick.
- Soda/Cola – Many contain insect-derived dyes and other animal bi-products.
- Minute Maid Grapefruit Juice – insect-derived dyes.
And on the other end… here is an awesome list of foods that ARE vegan that you may not have been aware of! http://www.petakids.com/accvegan.asp
I hope something in there was helpful! :)
Ciao, thanks for reading my dears!