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Keeping Animal Cruelty Out of Sugar

There are also many sweeteners that do not come from cane sugar and do not require going through the bone char process. The following are some of the most commonly used and easy to find vegan sugar alternatives:

  • Beet Sugar (Careful! some companies mix beet and cane sugars together)
  • Xylitol (birch sugar)
  • Agave Nectar
  • Stevia
  • Maple Syrup (Make sure that the company doesn’t use lard as a de-foaming agent.)
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Fruit Juice Concentrates
  • Date Sugar
  • Fructose
  • Sugar is meant to be sweet in all ways, not laced with cruelty. Take a stand against the use of hidden animal ingredients, and keep bones out of your baking.


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    3:11AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

    Keep animal cruelty out of everything. I use stevia, just a little in my lemon myrtle green tea.

    2:40PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

    thank you

    6:36AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

    Thank you so much. I really learned a lot.

    4:57AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

    Not so fast! Beet sugar is genetically-modified (GMO) and you'd be supporting the likes of Monsanto if you go with beet sugar. God Bless!

    10:54AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

    While I do prefer to use organic sugars that avoid this process, I became a bit less gung ho on the whole thing when I had it pointed out to me that the water we drink also goes through bone char as part of its filtration process. It is impossible for anyone, no matter how vegan, to live in the US, survive, and not accept a certain degree of animal contamination and use in their consumption.

    5:48AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

    Thanks for this very useful post - I have jus discovered xylitol :-)

    11:46PM PST on Feb 25, 2012

    Wow, thank you for info and article!

    1:28AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

    Luckily, this isn't done in Germany, where I live. But I still avoid refined sugars because they seem just unnatural to me. I mostly use untreated organic fair trade whole cane sugar.

    8:26PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

    I avoid refined sugars. I opt for the more healthful sweeteners mentioned on the last page.

    2:24PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

    I'm always really wary of using white sugar (I didn't know that brown sugar is also often filtered!). Thank you for the list of brands that don't use bone char! I was just thinking about this yesterday and wondering where I could find a list like this.

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    I totally agree. Thanks.

    If they did, it should come as no surprise since this is Monsanto we're talking about. They are one…

    Thanks for this info...


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