What foods are not vegan?
Any animal-derived food, such as
- meat or organs from cows, lambs, pigs, poultry, fish, or any other animal
- products like eggs, mayonnaise, gelatin
- dairy products such as ice cream, cheese, butter, yogurt
- and bee products such as honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and so on.
Vegans cannot eat anything from a non-human living being with a nervous system, eyes, mouth, ears, or nose.
What to avoid as a vegan?
- beeswax – wax secreted by bees to make honeycombs
- casein – milk protein
- castoreum – anal secretion from beavers
- cochineal/carmine – or crushed bugs/beetles
- gelatin – obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones of animals
- honey – bee vomit
- isinglass – derived from fish bladders
- lactic acid – can be animal-derived
- lactose – a sugar present in milk
- lanolin – sheep grease
- lard – pig fat
- l.cysteine – can be animal derived
- natural flavorings – can be animal derived
- oleic acid/oleinic acid – can be made from animal fat
- omega 3 – most comes from fish
- shellac – secretion of a female bug
- tallow – animal fat
- vitamin D3 – can be derived from sheep’s wool
- whey – watery part of milk that remains after the formation of curds
Furthermore, some, if not the majority, of vegans do not consume foods prepared in the same equipment as non-vegan foods. For example, some restaurants use the same oil and deep fryer for plant-based and meat-based foods.
However, being vegan is more than just a dietary choice. It is a way of life that excludes animals as well.
BONUS: WHAT CAN VEGANS NOT HAVE?
Anything with or made from:
Now that you have a list of essential things vegans should avoid, you may be curious as to why I became vegan and why you should as well.
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