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#1 Old 11-30-2014, 09:57 AM
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Veganism and sugar

I've been vegan a month and doing really well. I'm gradually learning more about the extent of animal products in our foods and toiletries and trying very hard to avoid them as much as possible. One thing I'm not sure about is sugar. I read somewhere (here I think) that the sugar we see all the time in shops is not vegan due to the way it's processed. I'm wondering if it applies to ALL sugars i.e cane, granulated, brown sugar etc. And sorry if this sounds completely ignorant, but if it does apply to all sugar, does this mean confectionery such as ordinary sweets (aside from those containing gelatin) are also non vegan?

I'd appreciate any help with this.
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depends on how hardcore you want to be. Many consider oreos to be vegan.
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From what I remember sugar in north america comes from around 50% beets and 50% cane. Beet sugar is never processed with animal bones and only about half of cane is. That means that around 75% of sugar is vegan. Unfortunately labels say sugar almost every time so you don't know what they are using.

Also from what I recall evaporated cane is okay, while inverted is not. Also I think USDA organic sugar cannot use animals.
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Read this:
http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2007iss...sue4_sugar.php

True, beet sugar is never processed through bone char, and most bags don't list it as beet sugar. I used to link a more comprehensive list I can't find now. I buy Pioneer Sugar which is beet, but doesn't say on the package.
Organic cane, and evaporated cane juice is always vegan.
Most European countries don't use bone char at all, it's mostly an American thing.

I don't sweat the occasions I'll get cookies like Oreos, or candies, which are vegan other than wondering about the sugar source. I used to be so OCD about things that unless I give myself that leeway I'm more inclined to obsess rather than be true to what really matters.

The more you stay vegan the more you find is vegan! Even fruit "jels" with plant sources instead of gelatin!
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Thanks everyone.

I should have mentioned I'm in the UK.

So what you're all saying is that it's individual as to what extent sugar is avoided. I wasn't sure whether the majority of vegans avoid sugar or not.

I don't eat a lot of sugary or processed foods anyhow because I react very badly to them and obviously they;'re not good for anyone. I agree that the focus should be on what really matters.
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If I'm buying sugar then I make sure it's vegan but if sugar happens to be in a food I usually will still buy it (I don't go looking for it but I'm not going to throw a hiss-fit if it happens to be an ingredient).
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From my understanding if sugar is labeled as "Organic" then bone char is not used in production. As for 'sweets', I always just look for the 'Vegan' label.
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Redpath sugar in Canada:
-We do not use animal products or by-products in our refining process for sugar, so Redpath Sugar products are suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.

So my advice, go to your sugar website and check the faq or send them an email. In no time you'll have a personal list of vegan safe products and won't have to check every darn label in the store lol.

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Florida Crystals is non-bone char. I think in the UK sugar is vegan, is that right? Like was said above, I don't (can't) source the sugar in processed foods, so i might have an oreo every now and again. OK, 3 oreos every now and again.
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Thanks everyone.

I should have mentioned I'm in the UK.

So what you're all saying is that it's individual as to what extent sugar is avoided. I wasn't sure whether the majority of vegans avoid sugar or not.

I don't eat a lot of sugary or processed foods anyhow because I react very badly to them and obviously they;'re not good for anyone. I agree that the focus should be on what really matters.
In the UK, you might not have to worry about it anyway :P

In Australia, the process of using bone char was discontinued back in the 70's. If you're interested in whether your country uses that process, then by all means look it up....


And yeah, it's completely an individual thing. In my way of thinking, if I can support those companies that don't use animals, then I make a point of it. It's a small thing, but I think every bit helps.
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Sugar is good as long as it is in it's natural un-altered form. There should be no extraction process to any vegan foods because this affects the equilibrium of nutrients and minerals.

An empty calorie is any food that does not have the proper balance of vital-minerals (vitamins) and minerals.
This is another reason why it isn't recommended to process food using a cooking process.

Plants should be enjoyed the way mother earth intended.

Hope this helps

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