Silk Road Fortune Cookies - 70G

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Silk Road Fortune Cookies - 70G

Silk Road Fortune Cookies - 70G

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Bone char, also known as natural carbon, is used by the sugar industry as a decolorizing filter, which is what gives sugar its immaculate, white color.

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This shows us that artificial colors have a negative health component that requires prolonged vigilance, which unfortunately requires animal testing.

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For many centuries the Chinese have marked special occasions and festivals, such as Harvest and New Year, with the giving and receiving of Moon-cake pastries filled with lotus seed or red bean paste. Here is the list of ingredients: Enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine, mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, water, canola oil, vanilla, flavor, salt, and baking soda. It’s wrong to assume that every natural flavor is vegan. In fact, one ingredient that is seen often in natural flavors is castoreum, a substance extracted from beavers. This substance is often used to create vanilla flavorings. According to legend, Moon-cakes played an important role in the founding of the Ming dynasty. The Mongols invaded China and became its rulers in the 13th century but the Han people, who were revolutionaries, planned a secret rebellion and their people were alerted of a plague and told that the only way to be saved was to eat Moon-cakes. Hidden inside every Moon-cake was a message giving the date of the uprising. The rebellion was successful and Moon-cakes have been given and received at great festivals ever since.

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In other words, while natural flavors may include both plant-based and animal-based derivatives, artificial flavors are synthetically made. If you’re a brand-new vegan, this may come as a surprise, but there is a chance sugar may be filtered with an animal-basedproduct called bone char. Sugar and Bone Char Therefore, yes, not all vegans are okay with consuming natural & artificial flavors, especially when they’re not as explicit as they should be. Added Colors In addition to sugar, you can also find vanilla flavoring, which may or may not be vegan. As we’ve mentioned earlier, there’s a chance vanilla flavoring may be created using a substance extracted from beavers, so always keep an eye for that. Because artificial flavors are synthetically made and some pose health-problems, they need to be regulated by the FDA, which usually means that animals are used in rigorous testing before a substance is deemed as being safe for consumption.While most vegans don’t avoid artificial colors in foods, stricter vegans are heavily against them, so foods that contain artificial colors are a no-go. They both taste the same, have a similar texture, and they’re used in equal amounts in the United States. However, their refining processes are different. There are strong ethical reasons that lead stricter vegans to avoid any of the questionable ingredients I’ve mentioned above. Beet sugar is extracted using a diffuser and mixed with vegan-friendly additives to crystallize. On the other hand, cane sugar is processed, filtered, and bleached with bone char. What is bone char?

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