Why are some desserts not vegetarian?

What's not vegan?

Table of Contents

  1. flesh
  2. Dairy products
  3. Eggs
  4. Bee products
  5. Bread and baked goods
  6. Wine
  7. sugar
  8. Fruit gums and desserts
  9. Overview of non-vegan foods
  10. Overview of non-vegan additives
  11. Is pectin vegan?
  12. Knowledge to take away

Vegans reject the consumption of animal products of any kind for many reasons. They do not want to support the exploitation of animals, the development of factory farming, world hunger, the spread of civilization diseases and the destruction of the environment by the meat, dairy and feed industries (1).

In his words, nutritionist Ben Schamma defines veganism as follows: "Vegans completely dispense with animal products. Veganism also goes as far as not wearing leather products. In general, it is important not to use anything that harms animals."

Many foods are obviously of animal origin and therefore easy to exclude from the vegan diet, but some are only recognizable as non-vegan after a look at the ingredients.

We will show you 8 foods that are of animal origin or contain animal ingredients or additives.

1. meat

Steaks, schnitzel, minced meat, spreadable, fresh and cured sausage products, fish and crustaceans are obviously not vegan.

But be careful with some BBQ, soy-, fish and Worcester sauces, as well as some salad dressings. Sometimes these are not vegan: they contain anchovies.

Anchovies are anchovies that are fermented and ground and used as a seasoning paste.

Meat, i.e. steaks, carving and sausage, as well as fish and anchovies, are not vegan.

2. Milk products

None of them are vegan Dairy products - mostly made from cow's milk. In addition to milk, yogurt and cheese, some mueslis, chips, crackers, cocoa, instant coffee, protein powders and protein bars are not vegan.

Look out for these ingredients / additives: Whey protein (whey), lactose (milk sugar), Lactitol (E 966), casein, skimmed milk, cream and whey powder, condensed milk, cheese powder, concentrated butter. These ingredients are not vegan (2).

Dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese are not vegan. In addition, additives like whey protein, casein, etc. are not vegan.

3. Eggs

Poultry eggs are not vegan. In addition, eggs are found in some pasta products and as powdered eggs in crackers. Lecithin (E 322) andLysozyme (E1105) are two declarable additives obtained from eggs.

Lecithin is usually obtained from plants (soy, rapeseed or corn), but margarine, mayonnaise, Chocolate and instant powder contain animal lecithin. Lysozyme is obtained from chicken egg white and can only be found in matured cheese (3).

Eggs are not vegan. Be careful with pasta products and crackers, these are often made with powdered eggs. Animal lecithin is also sometimes found in margarine, chocolate and the like.

4. Bee products

honey can be quickly recognized as not vegan. Beeswax but not: Also as E 901 it is used as a coating or separating agent for fruit gums, chocolate products and coffee beans.

Shiny fruits and vegetables are often covered with a layer of wax. Some chewing gum also contains beeswax as a chewing compound (4).

Honey and beeswax are not vegan. This is found in chewing gum and fruit gums, among other things.

5. Bread and baked goods

Often used for flour treatment L-cysteine (E 920) used. The Additive is obtained from animal bristles / hair or feathers and is supposed to improve the elasticity of the dough. Therefore, some baked goods are not vegan (5).

6. Wine

Protein-containing fining agents are used in winemaking to bind tannins.

here we can Casein (Milk component), albumin (Protein), gelatin (made of bone or cartilage) and Isinglass (Fish swim bladder) can be used (6).

beer, which was brewed according to the German purity law, is vegan (7)!

7. Sugar

Not more European sugar can through Bone carbon filter can be discolored and is therefore not vegan. Particularly with foreign, especially American imported goods, caution is advised. German refineries confirm that they only use vegetable decolorizing agents (8).

8. Fruit gums and desserts

Many fruit gums, chewing gum, cream or cheesecakes, tarts and cream desserts contain animal gelatine.

If these are not used in production, this is unfortunately no guarantee for a vegan product.

Beeswax (E 901) or shellac (E 904) can be used as a glossy coating,Carmine (E 120) can be used as a red dye (9).

Some non-vegan products are only recognizable as such by looking at the list of ingredients. Bread, wine, certain sugars, desserts and fruit gums are also often not vegan.

These foods are obviously not vegan:

included in ...
1. Animal meatMeat and sausage products, fish and seafood, BBQ, soy, fish and Worcester sauces ...
2. Milk productsMilk, yoghurt, quark dishes, cheese, butter, lard, confectionery, chips, cocoa, instant coffee, protein powders, whey protein products ...
3. Egg and egg productsPasta, margarine, mayonnaise, cheese, instant milk powder, crackers ...
4. Honey and bee productsHoney, muesli (bars), fruit gums, fruit and vegetables, chocolate products, coffee beans, chewing gum ...

Overview of non-vegan additives

If you want to exclude animal products from your diet, you should avoid these additives:

USED ​​IN / AS ...E number
Carmine / cochelline (dye)Edible cheese and sausage coatings, jam, confectionery, sausage, spirits, fruit and fruit wine, fruit mueslisE 120
Shellac (coating agent)Confectionery, chocolate products, nuts, coffee beans, various fruits (e.g. mangoes, avocados, peaches), food supplementsE 904
Beeswax (coating agent, filler)Confectionery, chocolate products, nuts, coffee beans, various fruits (e.g. mangoes, avocados, peaches), food supplementsE 901
Lactitol (sweetener)Energy-reduced or sugar-free products (e.g. confectionery, chewing gum), sauces, mustardE 966
Lecithin (emulsifier, antioxidant)Margarine, mayonnaise, chocolate products, cakes, biscuits, puff pastry, instant milk and coffee powder, baby foodE 322
Lysozyme (preservative)in aged cheeseE 1105

Used in the manufacture of many other additives Fatty acids (E 570) used.

These are usually obtained from vegetable fats and oils, but can also be of animal origin. Therefore, the following additives may not be vegan (10):

  • Ascorbic acid ester (E 304)
  • Polysorbates (E 432 - 436)
  • Ammonium phosphatide (E 442)
  • Sodium, calcium and magnesium salts of fatty acids (E 470a / b)
  • Mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids (E 471) and their esters (E 472 a - f)
  • Sugar esters of fatty acids (E 473)
  • Sugar glycerides (E 474)
  • Polyglycerol ester (E 477)
  • Thermo-oxidized soybean oil with mono- and diglycerides (E 479 b)
  • Stearyl tartrate (E 483)
  • Sorbitan fatty acid ester (E 491 - 495)
All additives are subject to declaration and are listed in the ingredient lists of packaged foods. This makes it easy to identify non-vegan additives.

Is pectin vegan?

Pectin (E 440) is a carbohydrate that forms the framework for cell walls in all land plants. It is therefore always of vegetable origin and therefore suitable for a vegan diet. If pectin is used in jams, cake glazes or sauces, it makes them firm, i.e. it is responsible for gelling. The substance is usually obtained from apple peel, citrus fruits or sugar beet.

Knowledge to take away

Vegans reject all food and food products of animal origin.

Obviously non-vegan products such as meat, fish and dairy products as well as eggs and honey are easy to recognize and to remove from the daily diet.

But there are some ingredients and additives that are extracted from animal products and used in food production. If you know these, you can easily find them by looking at the ingredient lists. After a while it becomes so easy to identify non-vegan products.

Look for ingredient lists for sauces, baked goods, beverages, confectionery, and other processed foods.

Many animal additives are used in the processing of apparently non-vegan foods. So vegans do not automatically consume these.