You may be surprised to find out foods that you assumed were vegan aren’t and Food Network has compiled a list of 10 that may have you rethinking your assumptions since fish, dairy, eggs and meat are off-limits for a vegan diet.
- Wine – some varieties use animal and dairy products like fish, beef, milk and egg-derived ingredients to help with the “fining” process. There ARE some vegan options but you probably need to do some research to find them.
- Sugar – may not be vegan either, as some manufacturers use animal bone char to give it the pure white color. Certified organic sugar is vegan.
- Gelatin – surprisingly, gelatin is made from animal bones. Agar is a vegetarian source that can be substituted for the traditional product.
- Gummy Bears – could contain gelatin and sugar so look for vegan brands that leave those out.
- Chocolate – is made with milk so it’s not vegan. You CAN find vegan chocolate in the store if you look hard enough.
- Sriracha – some brands are made with bone char-processed sugar so look at the label on your hot sauce if you want to make it vegan.
- Coconut – PETA claims that coconut is a no-go because some producers have been known to use monkeys for labor, but it generally is considered vegan after all.
- Caesar Salad Dressing – with egg yolks and Parmesan cheese, this dressing does not pass the vegan test, but vegan-friendly versions can be found.
- Honey – since it’s cultivated by bees it is considered non-vegan.
- Non-Dairy Creamers – many of these contain sodium caseinate which is a milk-based derivative.
If in doubt, always read the label if you want to make sure you’re going with true vegan products.
Source: Food Network