How A Slice Of Lemon Added To Your Water Can Derail Your Vegan Diet

September 20, 2019

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Many people have embraced a plant-based diet and with more grocery stores and restaurants offering vegan options, it is easier than ever to ditch meat altogether. However you wouldn't think adding a slice of lemon to your water would derail your vegan diet. And it isn't just lemons.  Produce is routinely coated with shellac to preserve the food and prevent it from drying out. Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. It’s used to add a shiny coat to all sorts of things and in many cases it is not listed! It is on pills, candy, certain chocolates and coating apples, lemons and other citrus. However there are some who believe that since the beetle leaves the resin behind on tree bark, it isn't harming the insect and much sheep being sheered of their wool for a sweater, there is no harm caused to the animal, or insect. But many food producers are becoming more aware and sensitive to the growing number of vegans and are responding by coating some food products with polyethene wax that is suitable for vegans. A workaround, at least for fruit, is to buy organic which does not have added ingredients such as shellac.

SOURCE: Metro & Vegfaqs

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