Lactic Acid - Lactic acid is created via the fermentation of sugars, and can be found in many dairy-free and/or vegan foods. Most commercially used lactic acid is fermented from carbohydrates, such as cornstarch, potatoes or molasses, and thus dairy-free. Though lactic acid can be fermented from lactose, its use is generally (I said generally; where concerned, always check with the manufacturer) restricted to dairy products, such as ice cream and cream cheese.
I'm trying to buy more and more vegan things and found some vegan noodle bowls at Aldi, which is a cheap grocery store in my area. They were labeled vegan, but I noticed it contained lactic acid, so I was going to email the company if this was a mistake. But I'm glad to hear that it is not!
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