Most common foods wannabe vegans are mistakenly eating

If you were a real vegan, you’d know that all edible figs contain at least one dead female wasp, and that bees produce honey for bees, not humans and their butter-laden crumpets. As for Worcester sauce, well, spare a thought for the anchovies. And… there goes your Bloody Mary.

According to a poll of 2,000 adults by Kellogg’s, many who thought they were following a vegan diet were often accidentally devouring animal products, with 19% innocently enjoying a beer and 21% chomping chocolate. White sugar, jelly sweets, yoghurt and even butter were other common foods that people assumed were safe to eat.

Whether you’re genuinely concerned for animal welfare, or are adopting the new diet regime in order to lose weight, here are the most common foods wannabe vegans are mistakenly eating…

Orange juice (some enriched orange juice contains animal products like omega three, or has been filtered through animal sourced products)

Chocolate (most chocolate isn’t vegan, having had milk, sugar and milk fats added during processing)

Salted peanuts (unless you crack the nuts yourself, skip the packaged, shelled peanuts. Some brands may use gelatine as an additive)

White sugar (gets its colour from a refining process that often involves the use of bone char)

Beer (some beer brewers add finings to clarify the beer when racking into a barrel. Finings can include plant-derived products, like Irish moss, or animal-derived products, like isinglass and gelatine)

Honey (many vegans avoid honey as they believe it is made by bees for bees)

Yoghurt (made from milk)

Cake (unless made to a vegan recipe, most cake contains butter and eggs)

Ice cream (made from milk)

Pesto (contains cheese)

Jelly sweets (contains gelatine)

Butter (made from milk)

Figs (some vegetarians and vegans refuse to eat figs and fig products based on the possibility of insect content)

Worcester sauce (contains anchovies)

Kelloggs has released a range of Vegan cereals

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Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.

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