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American vegans: Do you consume products with non-specific "sugar"?

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I'm thinking this would only apply to Americans, as other countries don't use bone-char as filters(?)<br>
The "Oreos aren't vegan" thread really got to me. It wasn't easy for me to stay vegan, and I'd had slips, esp. during the holidays. Since that time, I buckled down, did some advocacy, much letter writing, and made sure I became more familiar with vegan options of foods I craved. Things that were all vegan except for "sugar", I was fine with, but bought raw sugar to bake with.<br>
I was taken aback by how many responded with surprise that Oreos might not be vegan, and expressed remorse. I don't feel remorseful at all, and while packaged things with sugar aren't often bought, or eaten, I don't plan on changing anything. Friends are happy to know I'm okay with that.
 

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Oh. I should have done my research after all.<br>
Okay, for anyone who may run into sugar processed by bone char!
 

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Vegan sugar at home, no preference in processed foods. I can see where people are coming from but I have no objection to other people being "more vegan" than I am, or not considering me vegan. I believe I'm doing my best and it's enough right now.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Snowcone</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2943458"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Vegan sugar at home, no preference in processed foods. I can see where people are coming from but I have no objection to other people being "more vegan" than I am, or not considering me vegan. I believe I'm doing my best and it's enough right now.</div>
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This is exactly me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I buy vegan sugar at home but don't worry about it in processed foods. It's no different to me than buying a product with an allergy warning that says "may contain traces of..."
 

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Yes to the title. I'm not going to avoid a large percentage of foods just because there's a fraction of a chance that it could have been touched by an animal bone filter. Sort of like the people who heavily filter their water for the simple reason that they could accidentally consume microscopic animals - I don't have any problem with people who try to avoid it, but I don't apply that to my life.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Werewolf Girl</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2943496"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I buy vegan sugar at home but don't worry about it in processed foods.</div>
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Same here.
 

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Yes to the title. I'm not going to avoid a large percentage of foods just because there's a fraction of a chance that it could have been touched by an animal bone filter. I don't have any problem with people who try to avoid it, but I don't apply that to my life.</div>
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Ditto.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Werewolf Girl</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2943496"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I buy vegan sugar at home but don't worry about it in processed foods. It's no different to me than buying a product with an allergy warning that says "may contain traces of..."</div>
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Also, a question for those of you who avoid unspecified sugar in processed foods: do you also ask in restaurants? What about food other people have prepared for you? I'm genuinely curious.
 

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I don't purchase any food product unless I know for sure that it's vegan. There's no need for me to buy it because there are so many vegan alternatives <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">I don't purchase any food product unless I know for sure that it's vegan. There's no need for me to buy it because there are so many vegan alternatives</div>
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Same here.<br><br>
As far as eating out goes, I rarely go to restaurants anyway, when I do, I mainly eat in vegetarian or vegan restaurants or take the ve*an option in other restaurants, trusting that it will indeed be vegan, but I don't worry too much about that. When eating with my family or friends, either I trust them when they cook (they always enquire what I can eat or not) or I cook myself. But it seldom happens, I left France last November and won't return to France until this November. So if in 1 year I end up accidentally eating food that turns out to have some butter in it, I'm fine with it.
 

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I prioritize and choose my battles.<br>
I buy vegan sugar for home and for vegan potlucks or feed-ins, but I'm okay with buying, eating or sharing items that contain sugar from unknown sources for my private personal life and for special situations that I doubt offthahook or Fushicho can relate to.
 

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I wouldn't mind, but I avoid eating too much sugar (<i>especially</i> processed sugar) in order to maintain health ^^; others don't quite care as much though.
 

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I rarely, if ever, buy cookies anyway, so I never had to ask myself "is this vegan or not". But I admit that i act differently in London and in France. In France, I had to trust products I bought were vegan, because there is no label or "suitable for vegan" mention on packagings. Now that I'm in London, I can be more careful and buy only processed food (which are only 10-15% of what I eat) with such a mention.
 

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Yeah, like most people have said, I buy vegan/raw sugar and am not really concerned about processed foods. I mean, isn't not buying an meat, eggs, or dairy getting the message across strong enough? I don't think that avoiding Oreos or cookies that could possibly have bone char will have any chance at all of stopping things because it's so minor, and I bet the majority of the people who work for Oreo have no idea about bone char.<br><br>
But if I know that it is processed with bone char, I won't eat it. My mom finally bought Newman O's, but my dad doesn't like them as much as Oreos. :p
 

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Yup, I'm siding with pretty much everyone else on this board. There has to be a point where you draw the line, otherwise we really can't eat anything that we haven't seeded, grown, picked, and cooked ourselves. And in this day and age, if you've got the land, the time, and the knowledge to do all that then that's awesome. But the majority of us don't. So we need to rely on foods we buy, some of which are raw and we know there's no sugar, or if there is, we can call up the company and find out what kind of sugar. But it's not always that easy. So I figure I'll do what I can at home and not buy sugar I know is made with bone char, for my cooking and other household things. But as for processed goods, I'm not going to stress over that.
 

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Can't be bothered to figure out if every packaged product I eat contains vegan sugar. I only use vegan sugar at home. Considering I'm high raw and don't eat packaged products often (especially ones with sugar) this isn't really a problem for me.
 

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I use vegan sugar for home, but I eat mainstream items where the sugar isn't specified. I like to do what I can without getting too stressed. I have an obsession w/ junk food, so yea.
 
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