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Created on: 01/04/12 07:20 PM Views: 823 Replies: 3
Sugar Substitute
Posted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Is it all right to use "Truvia" since it is made from Stevia and what about honey? I think this is the only thing that is confusing me right now. Thanks...Eileen Very Happy

RE: Sugar Substitute
Posted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Why not use plain old sugar? My son says honey is not vegan, bees make it, but I don't know what the people that are vegan for health say about it.

I don't really use any of it, when I crave a sweet thing I eat a dried date (or 5) :p and I try to not do that too often.

RE: Sugar Substitute
Posted Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Honey is not technically vegan. Most commercial sugar is also not technically vegan because it is often processed using (animal) bone char. In both cases, it's an individual choice as to whether to include it into an overall vegan way of eating.

Agave, maple syrup and stevia are plant based.

I guess that's the easiest way to determine if something is actually vegan - is it some part of a plant (root, leaf, sap, fruit, seed) or was it made by animals (honey, milk, eggs, etc)? That's why at our house we generally refer to 'plant based eating' rather than 'vegan'.

--Deb R

RE: Sugar Substitute
Posted Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Thank you for the answers...I know Truvia is from the Stevia plant1...just don't know how it's processed and I like my tea sweet. 1 full week today and I feel better than ever!


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