Is Nesquik Powder Vegan?

Is Nesquik Powder Vegan?

So… is Nesquik powder vegan?

There are three points to this question.

On one point, you have people saying that as long as no animal-based ingredients are within the list of ingredients, then the product should be considered vegan.

On another point, you have folks arguing that they don’t want to support a company that invests the majority of their profits into animal exploitation… or in other words, these vegans don’t want to support Nestle at all. (Can’t say I don’t agree)

And on the other hand, we can’t really trust Nestle’s sugar suppliers.

And while these are not restricted to Nesquik alone, it’s worth diving a bit deeper and understanding whether or not Nesquik powder is vegan.

Let’s First Have A Look At The Ingredients

If we have a look at the list of ingredients, it turns out it’s quite easy to agree with the first argument. Yes, there are no animal-based products.

But is that a reason enough to allow ourselves the pleasure of indulging in Nesquik powder?

Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa, soy lecithin, carrageenan, salt, natural flavor, spice, vitamins, and minerals: ascorbate (vitamin C), ferric pyrophosphate (Iron), niacinamide, zinc oxide, thiamin hydrochloride, copper gluconate, manganese sulfate, and biotin.

Let’s breakdown what ingredients might not be vegan.

Is Sugar Actually Vegan?

There’s a strong argument that NOT ALL sugar is vegan. Let me explain why.

This is one of the things that has baffled me in recent years, and I still can’t wrap my head around this… but I’ll do my best to make it clear.

Have you heard of bone char?

cow bones

Refined sugar, the one that is added to coffee, cookie dough, and this Nesquik powder — is made either from sugar cane or sugar beets. The two have identical nutrition facts and taste, and they are used in equal amounts in the United States.

There’s a difference, though. Their refining process is different.

To manufacture table sugar from sugarcane, sugarcane stalks are crushed to separate the juice from the pulp. The juice is processed and heated to crystallize and is then filtered and bleached with bone char, which is what gives sugar that glinting color.

Bone char is not used to refine beet sugar, however. Since its juice is removed through a diffuser and mixed with additives to make it crystalize.

In the United States, companies rely mostly on cows to create bone char. They heat the bones at a high temperature until they’re fully carbonized and ready to be used in a refinery.

What’s confusing is that not all cane sugar is refined with bone char. Other companies have found different methods like granular carbon, which doesn’t contain animal products, during the filtering process.

From what I’ve understood it also depends on who is supplying the sugar.

Oreos is a  company that relies on different sugar suppliers to create their famous cookies, which makes it impossible to know what kind of sugar is in it.

Sources: PETA & Huffington Post.

Nesquik Powder May Have Biotin.

The troublesome part about labels is that you must know what each ingredient represents… and most importantly, where it comes from.

While biotin is available in nuts and seeds, the majority of biotin (especially in supplements and the like), comes from animal-based sources like meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.

You might argue that this is a wild assumption, but if we breakdown Nestle’s modus operandi — it’s not hard to associate their biotin to animal-based sources.

Many vegans might disagree… but there’s another argument.

Why Support A Company That Profits Off Animal Products?

Nestle is a billion-dollar company. And they sell animal-based products.

nestle's advertisement

They have exploited and profited from animal’s lives.

If you’re vegan and buy Nestle’s products, you’re helping them profit even more. Plus, they’ll reinvest those profits into creating more products in exchange for the well-being of animals.

At the same time, you’re also bringing ‘awareness’ to those companies.

Wouldn’t you love to change those companies, the same way you’d like to change your parents, cousins, and friends? Here’s an interesting video from Gary Yourofsky on the topic.

Should you buy Nesquik powder? That’s really up to you.

There are different types of vegans in this world.

Those that are fine with consuming products from companies that have profited off animals because they believe in chance.

And then there are those who’d rather watch those companies go bankrupt. (Unlikely, I believe)

What Are The Alternatives?

There are alternatives to the sweet Nesquik powder. In fact, they’re so good there’s no need to be all gloomy about Nesquik powder going out the window.

You have Ghirardelli, Coconut Cloud, and Castle Kitchen who provide pretty decent alternatives… with Ghirardelli being the most popular in the vegan community.

As we evolve into the future, I’m sure more cruelty-free alternatives will come about. Just like with anything else.

Thanks for giving this a read… and please share your opinion on the subject. It’s my opportunity to learn from you! Thanks.

Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than three years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!

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