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What does everyone think about processed sugar? I have heard different things about it supporting the industry, but I don't think animals are killed just for the sugar to be processed through bone char. I think it would be very hard to avoid sugar, but then again I said the same thing about being vegan.
 

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I try to avoid it in general.

I'm curious how to find out whether x brand of granulated sugar uses it.

Edit: For those in Canada, Rogers sugar is differentiated by which factory produced it. The sugar from Vancouver, BC (bone char used) has a B beginning the product code, whereas the plant wherever in Alberta (no bone char) begins the code with an A. I'm pretty sure Rogers is the biggest brand here.
"Sugar-containing syrups extracted from either cane or beet are decolourized during the process using bone char (Vancouver only), ion exchange or lime purification but no bleach is used."
So, in Canada, Rogers white sugar that starts with anything but B is no bone char. What would I do without the internets?
 

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Most of the major brands actually mention what kind of sugar they are right on the package. Cane sugar (major brand C&H) is routinely processed with bone char. Beet sugar (major brand Crystal) is processed differently. C&H Organic also does not use bone char.
 

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What does everyone think about processed sugar? I have heard different things about it supporting the industry, but I don't think animals are killed just for the sugar to be processed through bone char. I think it would be very hard to avoid sugar, but then again I said the same thing about being vegan.
I usually buy agave nectar or organic volcanic cane sugar, which to my understanding doesn't involve animal bones, but I don't spend a lot of time or energy explaining the supposed evils of sugar to other people. Sugar is one of those things like film. If everyone were vegan except for just sugar, there would be no justification to continue slaughtering animals just for bones just for sugar. It's a byproduct of a byproduct and its sales wouldn't support the mass enslavement, torture and execution of billions of animals.
 

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Crystal sugar is beet? I did not know this! I'm always buying generic sugar, in hopes that it is probably beet sugar, but I have bought Crystal sometimes. I do avoid C&H when I'm buying sugar for myself because I know that is from sugar cane and uses bone char. I don't do organic or special "vegan" labeled sugar -- too expensive.

Like many others, I don't sweat it when eating at someone else's house, restaurants, or buying foods that contain sugar.
 

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Crystal sugar is beet?
Yeah. Here's their site: http://www.crystalsugar.com/

Some folks will tell you cane sugar works better for some things, like brulees. Strangely enough, these people often have some association with cane sugar producers. The real life performance of cane and beet sugar is identical for just about everything. In fact, brulees are the only thing I've seen actual evidence of a difference with. This miniscule difference comes down to moisture content.

Turbinado sugar isn't filtered at all that I know of. It's just crystalized sap or whatever.
 

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I try to stay away from refined sugar as much as possible in general, because its not healthy for you at all. In my experience, you will just feel better if you use alternate sweeteners. someone already said agave nectar. I use brown rice or barely syrup for pretty much everything. Molasses is a good vegan sweetener.
 

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My take... I use my car, even though the tyres are vulcanized with animal fat. In consequence, I don't check where from or what type my sugar is from. I do prefer raw sugar though.
 

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It's not a pain just find a brand that's vegan and stick with it. Sugar is horrible for you anyways so don't eat a lot of it.
 

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If I bought sugar (I never do - I live at school, and don't have the room/money/time for baking stuff), I would buy vegan. But I don't check where sugar in other foods I eat comes from. Even foods that aren't ostensibly "sugary" can have sugar in them, and I would basically starve to death in school.
 

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Unless you eat your car..this is not a valid comparison. lol
Sure it is. Being vegan is not just about the things we eat, it's about everything we do.

That said, I often use regular sugar when I'm baking. I can't remember what brand, although will look into the Rogers product code thing. I'm just not in a position to afford alternatives all the time. I do use them, too (like agave, maple syrup, blackstrap molasses), but I often fall back on sugar, as it's cheaper.

I know that sometimes when I'm buying something there's going to be a risk that it's got some trace animal ingredient in it. Like certain food colorings are animal-derived, for instance. I know about cochineal, so I avoid it, but there's also some others (certain #s of Red food coloring, for instance) that aren't vegan that I don't know about, so I possibly occasionally purchase something with that in it. Not often, mind you, because I prefer to stick to more natural foods, but for instance, a few months ago I purchased some Jolly Ranchers, after scanning the ingredients list and thinking everything sounded okay. I'm not that worried about the damage done by my possible occasional blunder...
 

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I'm going through a try-to-avoid-sugar phase at the moment (using agave or stevia if I'm desperate), but we have raw sugar in the house because my boyfriend likes it in his coffee. I was under the assumption that only processed white sugar wasn't vegan - am I wrong in this?
 
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