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#1 Old 12-28-2009, 10:31 PM
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So I have here a box of Rice Dream Enriched vanilla rice milk. On the box its 100% Vegetarian and Dairy- free. So my question is, why is it not vegan? I'm thinking the 'enriched' part may be the problem. There are vitamins d2, b12, and a palmitate. Are any of these ingredients non-vegan? If so, are there any rice milks that are vegan?
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#2 Old 12-28-2009, 10:46 PM
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I love the taste of Rice Dream. I quickly became amazed with the taste of soy milk after being fearful of trying it for so long. Then I took a chance and tried Rice Dream a few months ago. If the cost were lower I would probably be a regular consumer, but it isn't so easy on the budget.



Their website seems to list all of the ingredients as Vegan. It would probably be easier if you contacted the company directly to verify the process they use to make it. http://www.tastethedream.com/product...t/1474/202.php
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It may be an issue of definitions - to some people "100% vegetarian" means no animal ingredients, which would also mean vegan in this case.



I'm vegan and drink Rice Dream, so I'd be surprised (and a bit upset) to find out that it isn't vegan.
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I'm vegan and also drink it... and it is delicious!!

Mmm, Rice Dream rice milk and Almond Breeze almond milk = a happy SKelly
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Well that's good... I hope it's vegan! I read on some internet site (I don't really remember what it was called....) but it named a lot of vitamins that weren't vegan because their origin is from animals... I hope Rice Dream doesn't derive their vitamins from animals :/
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I was told it was vegan by the owner of my local vegetarian/vegan/health food shop the other day. They're vegan and drink it too lol, so hopefully they're right!
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Well that's good... I hope it's vegan! I read on some internet site (I don't really remember what it was called....) but it named a lot of vitamins that weren't vegan because their origin is from animals... I hope Rice Dream doesn't derive their vitamins from animals :/



Vitamin D3 is not vegan, I think it comes from wool if I remember correctly. It's in a lot of cereals. However, as you pointed out, Rice Dream has D2, which is safe



I think the word "vegetarian" is just used more than "vegan," and since there are many more non-vegan vegetarians out there than there are vegans, they are probably just targeting the larger audience.
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Vitamin D3 is not vegan, I think it comes from wool if I remember correctly. It's in a lot of cereals. However, as you pointed out, Rice Dream has D2, which is safe



Correct. D3 is from animals, D2 is from plants.



Personally, I get the Whole Foods brand ricemilk.

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I hope it's vegan... or I have to relabel myself for the last 5 years of my life.

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If the cost were lower I would probably be a regular consumer, but it isn't so easy on the budget.



Making your own grain/nut milks is super easy and a lot cheaper than store-bought. There are a lot of recipes online and I keep meaning to try to make my own almond milk. I even bought raw almonds, but I have been eating them instead (*bad Ginger*) I am not sure how palatable the end results of the DIY recipes are, but that might be an option to consider...
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Homemade raw almond milk is very nice.

www.thesaucyvegan.com
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If the cost were lower I would probably be a regular consumer, but it isn't so easy on the budget.

I can sympathize, as I have a limited budget too (and three growing, bottomless-pit kids!!).

First of all, remember no one needs to drink any kind of milk as a beverage (plant or animal milks). Water is really all anyone needs. If you don't drink glass after glassful of the stuff, it helps your budget considerably. Rethink that part of your diet - the Dairy Association has us all believing we NEED to drink milk (or something like it) as a beverage.

Second, there are many ways to get it cheaper - many sites have online coupons you can print out (just Google).

Third, warehouse and grocery-outlet stores often have it available much cheaper. It's shelf stable, so you can stock up!!

Fourth as mentioned, you can make your own and the taste is however you want it - with vanilla, without, sweetened, or not...



Good Luck!!
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I always buy mine when it's on sale and stock up! I don't drink it by the glassful but like it with cereal in the morning or for a cup of hot chocolate. It's also fortified with Calcium, Vitamin D2 and Vitamin B12 so is a source if these important nutrients.
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I always buy mine when it's on sale and stock up! I don't drink it by the glassful but like it with cereal in the morning or for a cup of hot chocolate. It's also fortified with Calcium, Vitamin D2 and Vitamin B12 so is a source if these important nutrients.



Likewise. Every few months my local natural foods store has a case sale on Almond Breeze. 12 quarts for $21. So I always buy a case of the plain, unsweetened version and it lasts a long time since I only use about 1/2c a day for cereal or waffles etc...
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Just googled "almond milk recipe" and this one is so easy and well written I'm definitly getting some raw almonds today--



http://www.veganreader.com/2009/09/1...t-of-them-all/



There's a recipe for rice milk here too.



I'd probably eat more junk if I didn't drink things besides water and teas.

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I went back to veganreaders site for the rice milk recipe and found more bad news on corporate takeover nastiness---



http://www.veganreader.com/2009/09/1...t-of-them-all/



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If you buy Rice Dream products, you are supporting Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil, Philip Morris and the worst of them all – Monsanto.



Yes, Monsanto, Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil and Philip Morris are all stockholders in Hain Celestial – hardly exemplars of natural, organic or healthy living. Ethical Americans would rather go thirsty than buy a Monsanto-supported product. As the inventors of Agent Orange, DDT and RoundUp, as the corporation whose grand GMO plan is to force all food-consuming beings to have to crawl to them for sustenance, no other entity has a blacker name in the history of mankind.

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