To celebrate World Vegan Day and the start of World Vegan Month we found some of the most surprising foods that can still be enjoyed on this predominantly plant-based diet
You are what you eat, as they say, and the food sector notes that, increasingly, that means no meat, fish, dairy or eggs. With veganism up 360 per cent in 10 years to 542,000, according to pollsters Mori, the industry celebrates World Vegan Day on 1 November, heralding the start of World Vegan Month. It’s not just vegans and vegetarians cutting down on animal products though; sales of ‘meat-free’ products were up 6.2 per cent to £268.6m in 2015, while 73 per cent of market-leader Quorn’s customers are not vegetarian.
CAN WE EAT IT? YES VE-GAN!
Here are some foods you never realised were vegan:
McDonald’s hash browns – these crisp delights are arguably one of the best things on the menu and amazingly they are vegan as they contain no milk, unlike the Burger King equivalents. Other items on the menu that are vegan friendly are fries, the vegetable deluxe burgers (without the sauce which contains egg) and the apple pie, although McDonald’s are quick to note they cannot guarantee this is vegan due to the possibility of cross contamination. I think we can risk it!
Bourbon Biscuits – rejoice! Being a vegan is easy when you’re allowed a Bourbon every now and again.
Oreos – that’s right, along with the bourbon this American favourite is also suitable for vegans despite it’s suspiciously creamy filling. In fact, quite a few biscuits are vegan friendly including Bourbons, Hobnobs originals, Fox’s Party Rings, Ginger Nuts, Fox’s dark chocolate Chunkie Cookies. Rejoice!
Pot Noodle – though we were under no illusions that the flavours in these instant noodles were natural, it’s still surprising to find there is 100% no meat in the Beef & Tomato, Bombay Bad Boy, Brazilian BBQ Steak, Chilli Beef, Piri Piri Chicken or Sticky Rib flavours.
Walkers, Skips, McCoy’s, Pringles – you’re still in safe territory with most of the ‘meat’ or ‘fish’ flavours of these potato snacks, including prawn cocktail, Ultimate Sizzling BBQ Chicken, Ultimate Chargrilled Steak, BBQ and Smokey Bacon
Co-op jam and custard donuts – another unlikely candidate for the vegan shopping list but the retailer assures their dough goodies are vegan friendly. We won’t argue.
Sainsbury’s cream crackers – there’s no cream in sight when these bad boys are made, so feel free to enjoy them with a nice wedge of Stilt… oh.
Beer and Cider – though you’re required to be as diligent with your liquids as you are with your solids, you can still rely on Heineken, Carlsberg, Amstel, Peroni, Budwiser, Corona and Brother’s cider. Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer’s also clearly mark their wines with the vegan friendly badge, so keep your eyes peeled.
*Remember to check the labels before your consume any product to be on the safe side