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From: Mark ( -
Subject: Sugar
Date: July 13, 2008 at 8:15 am PST

I know that some refined sugars are processed using animal bone char and so I want to steer clear of these sugars. But when I come across some products in stores that are "accidentally vegan", such as Pop Tarts, animal crackers, hydrogenated peanut butters (brands such as Jif and Skippy), and cereals (such as PB captain crunch)that contain sugar I usually call the company and ask what type of sugar they use. I am usually told by the operator that the sugars are "refined sugars" and they are unable to tell me more about the sugar refining process or who supplies their sugar. Many times I am told that the sugars used are beet sugar and cane sugar interchangeably. My question is this: do I avoid these products since I do not know about the sugar refining process? Or is it okay to buy these products? Will I be supporting animal cruelty by buying these products since I do not know exactly what type of sugar is used? Or am I being too picky, focusing on an issue not as enormous as the cruelty I would be supporting if I purchased meat, dairy, and eggs? If anyone can respond with some guidance and support I will appreciate it. I believe that some popular companies should be supported (like quakers and kelloggs) if they sell "accidentally vegan" products even if these products do contain refined sugar to send a message that their products have a place on the markets.

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