- Some soaps will list sodium tallowate, aka animal fat, as an ingredient.
- L-Oreal, Dove, and Neutrogena soaps hold a “bottom” rating on the animal welfare scale, suggesting they’re a company that does animal testing..
- Some condoms are made with casein (the typical latex condom) or lamb intestines.
- Ingredients like amino acids or vitamin B could be plant-based or animal-based. Some companies don’t specify, making it hard to tell if the product is vegan.
- May contain glycerin which can be derived from either animals or plants. Colgate claims to be vegan because their ingredients are not animal-derived, but they do test on animals.
- Tattoo Ink
- Some candles have ingredients like beeswax or stearic acid (animal-derived). Yankee Candles are vegan (except for their beeswax candles).
- Use stearic acid which could be either plant-derived or animal-derived. Not to mention how animals are affected by the sound pollution of the explosions.
- Vitamins contain several animal-derived ingredients, like estrogen or lactose from cows.
- Non-vegan perfumes will use musk, ambergris, castoreum, civet, or hyraceum. Versace Women, Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker, D&G Feminine, and Estee Lauder Amber Mystique are among the fragrances that use musk as an ingredient.
- Some use gelatin or stearic acid (animal-derived). The Wrigley company has claimed that Extra, Eclipse, and Orbit gums do not use animal-derived ingredients.
- Animal Testing. Dove, Degree, Secret, and Old Spice are among the big name brands that test on animals.
- Plastic Bags
- Manufacturers may use animal additives to improve the quality of their plastics.
- Car/Bike Tires
- May use stearic acid (animal-based).
- “Animal glue” uses gelatin. This type of glue is used for bookbinding, wood work, and instruments.
- Fabric Softener
- Downy contains animal-derived Dihydrogenated tallow dimethyl ammonium chloride.
So many everyday products are non-vegan; the most surprising thing that I discovered when I became vegetarian was how many of the “fun” foods contained gelatin, which is derived from animal bones, skin, ligaments, etc. When I learned about how gummy bears were really made, it took the innocence right out of them. This is by no means a complete list, but they were surprising to me as a first time vegan/vegetarian.
Because it contains gelatin:
- Gummy Bears
- Frosted Pop-tarts
- Planters Peanuts
- Barefoot Wine
- Some Yellow Tail Wines
- Robert Mondavi Wines
Because it contains Isinglass:
- Some Beer & Wine brands–check if your favorite booze product is vegan here
- Most Guinness Beers
- Some Snow Beers
- Some Michelob Beers
- Sea Dog Beers
- Beringer Wines
- 19 Crimes
Because it contains L-cysteine that is derived human hair or poultry feathers:
- Some Bread & Bagels from
- Einstein Bros.
- Dunkin Donuts
- Pizza Hut
Because it contains anchovy:
- Caesar Dressing
- Tropicana’s Heart Healthy Orange Juice
- Worcestershire sauce
Because it contains animal-derived enzymes, whey, or casein:
- Some chips
- All Doritos except Spicy Sweet Doritos
- BBQ chips (not all, but I usually stay away from these if I don’t feel like checking the ingredients)
- Some Lay’s Chips
- Some Pringles
Because it contains pork:
- Cole Bread
- Cuban Bread
- Minute Maid Juices To Go Ruby Red Grapefruit Drink
- Jiffy Mix Corn Bread Mix
- Special K Protein Snack Bars
- Rice Krispies Treats Squares
- Welch’s Fruit Snacks
- Lucky Charms
- Several Kellogg’s Cereals
What seemingly vegan food or beverage have you discovered wasn’t vegan? What vegan product did you replace it with?
The world’s leading cause of climate change is animal agriculture, an industry contributing more than 51% of greenhouse gas emissions (a conservative estimate).
Beef is a huge product among consumers, and the love affair Americans have with the industry valued it at $60 billion (in the U.S. alone) in 2015. There is a financial incentive to perpetuate this environmental and health hazardous industry and discredit facts presented by its opposers to maintain the industry’s foothold at the nuclear family’s dinner table. Our consumption of these animals is continuing to enrich this $60 billion industry while we, the consumers, harm our health and our environment.
As you may know, many vegans and vegetarians choose their diets for different reasons, the environment being one of those reasons. The environmental vegan refuses to accept and contribute to an industry that exists in the environmentally irresponsible way that the animal agriculture industry does. The facts below are some of the environmental reasons vegans and vegetarians choose to refrain from contributing to the animal agriculture industry, thereby “voting with their dollars” against it.
- The methane produced by cows in the animal agriculture industry is 86 times more destructive than CO2 in its contribution to climate change
- Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day
- Livestock contributes 65% of all nitrous oxide greenhouse gas emissions
- Nitrous oxide is almost 300 times more destructive than CO2
- If everyone ate a vegetarian diet, emissions would fall by 44 percent ($973 billion savings in health costs)
- If everyone ate a vegan diet, emissions would fall by 55 percent ($1 trillion savings in health costs)
So what could it mean for humans if we chose a diet that would be better for our health and our environment? We could live longer, healthier lives and we could have an environment capable of sustaining our extended lifetimes.
Climate change is no longer a problem of the future. The future is here and it’s us– it’s how you and me and everyone else decides to shape it. As soon as 2050, much of our land above sea-level is predicted to be below it. That means that there will be no Miami Beach for me to spend my retirement in (I don’t know about you but I don’t want to lose that view).
Two important documentaries on the subject of climate change and the animal agriculture industry’s contribution to it are Before the Flood and Cowspiracy. I recommend these to anyone who has an interest in knowing the scope of humanity’s impact on the health of the planet.
Informative, easy-to-read articles on this subject from Vegan and Conservation websites:
Vegans are typically health-conscious individuals who, after cutting meat and dairy products from their diet, also choose to eliminate highly processed foods from their diets, even if those food products are vegan (like Spicy Sweet Doritos, for example). The benefits of following a healthy vegan diet (it’s okay to cheat on your diet with vegan guilty pleasures every now and then) are many, but the most impactful benefits are the benefits to your heart and your brain.
- At least 25% reduced risk of mortality from ischemic heart disease (Source)
- TMAO, which increases the risk of heart disease, is lower in vegans/vegetarians than in meat eaters (Source)
- Reduced risk of Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction and Stage B Heart Failure Burden (Source)
- Reversal of existing coronary artery disease (Source)
- Reduced risk of Parkinson’s Disease (Source)
- Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s Disease (Source)
- Reduced risk of Multiple Sclerosis (Source)
- Reduced risk of senile dementia (Source)
- Reduced risk of having a stroke (Source)
- Regression of diabetic neuropathy (Source)
Check out this fun article on brain superfoods (11/12 vegan options).
Please feel free to google around for more sources. It’s fun to do your research, challenge your beliefs (and challenge assumptions in others’ beliefs), and in the end learn something new! If you’ve ever tried the vegan/vegetarian diet, leave me a comment! How did you feel afterward? Did it help you? Did it not? I’d like to know! Thanks for reading 🙂
The world has changed a lot since 2011, a time when being vegan/vegetarian meant you were forced to stick to the appetizer and sides menus at restaurants. In 2017, nearly every restaurant I go to has at least one meatless entree item and choices that accommodate the dairy-free. When I went to this restaurant called Earls a few weeks ago, I ordered a vegan burger which prompted the manager to come by our table just to tell us that they offered a vegan alternate to every item on their menu (side note: Earls has the best vegan sushi rolls I’ve ever tasted, which the manager gave to us on the house).
If I’m out to dinner and there’s someone at the table I’ve never met, one of our mutual friends will undoubtedly make my diet a topic of conversation before the waiter comes by to take our order. It usually starts off with someone saying, “oh, Natalie is vegan by the way,” to which this new acquaintance will either say “me too!”, or ask a bunch of questions about what it means to be vegan like “where do you get your protein?” or “do you care if I eat meat in front of you?”
As a culture, we are desensitized to what it means to eat meat. Even as a vegan, I can’t say it bothers me to see people eat meat because it is so engrained in our culture. But if I really think about the question “do you care if I eat meat in front of you?” I have to think, why are you eating meat if the ethical option is there for you? When we think about the health risks of eating meat, how animal agriculture is damaging our environment, and the millions of animals who are suffering for five minutes of our gustatory satisfaction, contributing to this industry seems insane but our society does it anyway. The right choice is clear but we’ve designed it to be the alternative, and although the groupthink is changing, it’s not changing fast enough.
This week I’m going to write about the three common reasons people become vegan/vegetarian: health, environmental, and moral. I think a lot of people who aren’t vegan/vegetarian assume vegans/vegetarians abstain from meat eating because we don’t think animals should be killed for human consumption. While that is part of the reason for many of us, it’s not all of it.
Hi guys! I made another clustered bar graph to show my common sources of calcium. The graph is based on the serving sizes on nutritional labels. If you haven’t tried Califia Farms Toasted Coconut Milk, you’re missing out!
For more information on vegan sources of calcium, click here. Below is a quote directly from The Vegan Society webpage which easily explains calcium absorption.
Some foods, such as spinach, contain a high amount of calcium but is bound to a substance called ‘oxalate’ which hinders calcium absorption.This is why replacing spinach with low-oxalate vegetables such as rocket, cabbage and kale are key to a calcium-rich diet.
Interestingly, calcium in cow’s milk is not as easily absorbed, meaning that vegetables such as kale are much better sources of calcium than animal milks or ‘dairy’.
There are plenty of vegan/vegetarian restaurants to try in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. Below are my top 3 based entirely on the taste of their food. I wish we had a “Loving Hut” down here (it’d definitely make the list). If you’re ever in South Florida and only have the time to eat at one of these, go to Vegetarian Restaurant By Hakin. It’s a tiny little restaurant with the best vegan/vegetarian food you’ll ever try.
Vegetarian Restaurant By Hakin
Address: 73 NE 167th St, North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Eden In Eden
Address: 1248 SW 22nd St, Miami, FL 33145
Plant Food + Wine
Address: 105 NE 24th St, Miami, FL 33137