When I went home at Christmas, I found this amaaaazing soy cheese at my sister’s local store and I was delighted. I went about eating nachos and such for days before reality hit me hard. Not only was my lovely new cheese not vegan, it wasn’t even vegetarian. This is the same time I realized that most dairy cheeses aren’t even vegetarian. Eww.
When I went online to do some research I found a great article on CHOW about the things that you think are vegan that aren’t and I was a bit mortified. Like, did you know that Campari is made from bugs? Or that most grocery store bread has animal based lecithin in it? Lecithen (animal based ones) is an emulsifier made from animal blood – in case ya didn’t know. I also knew, vaguely, that many beers and wines aren’t vegan or vegetarian unless specifically so, but I never really knew why. Again, vaguely, I knew that fish bones are often used in wine making, but CHOW told me that, even worse, fish bladders are used as clarifiers in beer making. Mmmmm. Check out the full article for all the details.