Why is white table sugar not vegan?

Many new vegans and people who are curious about veganism will often ask me why I don’t eat white sugar, the kind that is normally in people’s pantries and at the grocery store.

Another question that I get, which is directly related, is “Why is organic sugar off-white?”

The answer to both of those questions? Bone char. Well, the absence of bone char is the answer to the second question, but you get my point.

Cane sugar is often (almost always) filtered through charred animal bones to make it white.

organic cane sugar

Source: wikimedia.org

All organic sugar is vegan, meaning it’s not processed through bone char. This means that it has that off-white color and it’s unrefined. In my opinion, I think organic sugar tastes a heck of a lot better than regular sugar.

Also, have you tried coconut sugar? If you haven’t, you really need to get on that bandwagon…like yesterday! If you have diabetes, coconut sugar may be a better alternative for you than regular table sugar because of its lower glycemic index. The link is to a study that may or may not be peer-reviewed, it was hard to figure out whether it is or not. Just keep that in mind when you’re reading it. 

If you’re interested in this topic and want to know more about how much bone char is used and what companies don’t use bone char, etc., see this article.


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