Alongside the many benefits of switching to a vegan diet, an additional positive side effect is the increased speed at which one can scan through ingredients lists. However, no matter how fast and how familiar you are with scanning ingredients, E numbers aren't quite as obvious.
What are E numbers?
E numbers are codes used to describe food additives for use within the European Union. These additives are used to enhance food flavour, colour or texture or as preservatives. Some E numbers like E441 (gelatine) are derived from animals. To make sure that all your favourite vegan sweets are free from animal derived E numbers we check every new shipment and our suppliers for any ingredient changes in the sweets we stock.
The E Number Blacklist For Vegans
Carmine/ Carminic acid/ Cochineal
|Colour||Harvested from the cochineal bug|
|Emulsifier||Comes from the collagen inside animal bones (pigs and cattle)|
|542||Bone phosphate||Anti-caking agent||Crushed animal bones|
|Glazing Agent||Obtained from bees|
|Glazing Agent||Insect feces|
|Glazing Agent||Sheep grease|
|Glazing Agent||Derived from feathers|
|Sweetener||Sugar alcohol derived from milk|
|Preservative||Obtained from chicken eggs|