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#1 Old 10-07-2003, 04:08 PM
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I'm having the darnest time trying to figure out if gellan is derived from animal or vegetable sources. I've found tons of scientific papers referencing it, but of course none of them care if it's of animal origin or not!



I found one page that said it was a product of a bacteria. Does anyone know this to be true, and even if so, if this is a vegan product? (I suppose most vegans will consume soy yogurt cultures, so maybe this is an acceptable food source?)



I'm finding it in some fruit-gel type snacks; they are gelatin free but mention gellan. I won't buy the red ones because they have cochineal (YUCK, bug guts.) Any insights, my lovely veg*n friends??? :-)



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#2 Old 10-08-2003, 06:34 AM
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"Most hydrocolloids come from natural sources such as microbial fermentation (xanthan and gellan) or plant extractions (gum arabic, locust bean, guar and pectin). "



"E418 Gellan gum [Thickener] [Stabiliser] [Emulsifier] "



it doesnt have an AO after it (animal origin) so it should be vegan



heres the website: http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_number
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"Most hydrocolloids come from natural sources such as microbial fermentation (xanthan and gellan) or plant extractions (gum arabic, locust bean, guar and pectin). "



"E418 Gellan gum [Thickener] [Stabiliser] [Emulsifier] "



it doesnt have an AO after it (animal origin) so it should be vegan



heres the website: http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_number



thanks scareyvegan!! hooray for one more thing I can eat! woo hoo!
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#4 Old 10-08-2003, 08:53 AM
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could it be from either plant or animal sources though?

i actually was wondering about gellan myself a little while ago, it's in these really yummy little fruit tarts but i haven't been buying them because of the gellan. if this means i can have them.... *faints*

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#5 Old 10-08-2003, 10:13 AM
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it appears that it can Not be derived from animal sources
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