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I know it goes through bone char so some consider it non-vegan. What do you guys think? And what do you use to replace sugar if you do consider it non-vegan?
 

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Another quick question... Is baking soda vegan? I noticed there is calcium phosphate in it. Sorry for so many questions, but you can't be too careful.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Alli</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I know it goes through bone char so some consider it non-vegan. What do you guys think? And what do you use to replace sugar if you do consider it non-vegan?</div>
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AFAIK, it's a crap shoot whether the sugar you buy was rendered with bone char and so it's up to you whether or not you want to chance it.<br><br><br><br>
Sugar isn't particularly good for you (that is to say, it's 100% nutritionally void) so that should make giving it up a little easier.<br><br><br><br>
Stevia is my preference for a substitute, but you'll likely have to get it form a health food store.<br><br><br><br>
Whatever you do avoid crap like Splenda. It's just chemically altered sugar.<br><br><br><br>
Cheers!<br><br>
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Yeah, but I don't think there's any way to tell if the sugar in a given bag is beet sugar or cane sugar... that is, unless it's labeled "cane sugar." Is there?
 

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Hm. My mom uses splenda all the time, and loves it, but it's... I don't know. Too good to be true. I never really trusted it.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Alli</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Another quick question... Is baking soda vegan? I noticed there is calcium phosphate in it. Sorry for so many questions, but you can't be too careful.</div>
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What I think I know, about baking soda, is that it is recommended that you get an Aluminum Free Brand. The story the way I hear it is, that like any thing to much aluminum can lead to Alzheimers and other maladies.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:">
 

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Yeah, but I don't think there's any way to tell if the sugar in a given bag is beet sugar or cane sugar... that is, unless it's labeled "cane sugar." Is there?</div>
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<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"> Unfortunately, if the ingredients say "sugar", you just don't know.
 

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thought this would be a good thread to say :<br><br><br><br>
stay away from Aspartame and Acesfultame K - aspartame especially - they are technically vegan, just its not a very good chemical to consume, to put it lightly<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Popular Sweetner 'Substitutes'<br><br><br><br>
Stevia (for sugar)<br><br>
Maple Syrup (cuz tree sap is yummy)<br><br>
Agave Nectar (for honey)
 

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All sugar is vegan. However not all vegans will buy or eat all sugar. It's up to you to decide whether bone char is something you want to avoid or not. There is no vegan standard but I think you'll find about half the vegans avoid all refined sugar and half of them do not.
 

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My stance with sugar is, I'll buy sugar for home use that I know hasn't been filtered through bone char, but when it comes to products I will buy something that is vegan in every way but has (possible bone char) sugar in, since I think phoning every company to check what brand they use is just a little silly.
 

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All sugar is vegan.</div>
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How can something that has maybe gone through bone char be vegan???
 

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How can something that has maybe gone through bone char be vegan???</div>
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Because there are no animal products in the sugar, and because there is no added animal suffering involved in the manufacturing of bone char or sugar.<br><br><br><br>
Not to mention sugar is declared "vegan" by both Vegan Outreach and PETA, as well as by about 50% of vegans in most of the polls that I've seen here and elsewhere (and you've been on this board long enough to have seen a Sugar poll or two so you know I'm not making this up). But like I said, there are many vegans who do avoid refined sugar, and that's fine for them to do so. You aren't saving any animals by avoiding sugar, but if it's a personal purity issue for you then that's perfectly fine.
 

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I consider it vegan, although I do use a variety of sweeteners depending on what they are used for. Actually, maybe a better way to put it is I don't necessarily consider it to be UNvegan. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I eat roadkill because not eating it wont save any animals, and would just be a haughty soapbox purity issue if I stopped eating them.
 

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I use turbinado on the rare occasion that I actually use sugar. Most of the time I just put a bit of agave nectar in whatever I'm making to add a bit of sweetness.<br><br><br><br>
As for aspartame, I don't know if I would consider it vegan. Isn't it tested on animals? And I think splenda has aspartame in it.
 

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not much use to some of you, but the last animal free shopper i had said the 3 main sugar manufacturers in the UK didn't use bone char - think it was tate and lyle and silverspoon, can't remember the last one
 
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