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Is Country Crock Vegan?

Is Country Crock vegan friendly?

Country Crock is a buttery spread, or margarine, that tastes like butter. Many people enjoy it due to the fact that is is much cheaper than real butter. However, they recently changed up their recipe, so is Country Crock vegan?

For the most part, yes. Although it does to a pretty thin line on that case. Many products it has may be vegan itself, but still cause suffering in some way. So let’s take a look at them.

Palm Oil in Country Crock

In case you didn’t notice, Country Crock contains a LOT of palm oil. It contains palm oil, palm kernel oil. And even Vitamin A Palmatate. This oil is used quite frequently in most vegan spreads.

Whilst vegan, palm oil has a pretty nasty history. The way that palm oil is expected is through deforestation of rainforests. Cutting down the rainforests can be detrimental to animal life, and the environment as a whole. This is why many vegans choose to avoid palm oil when at all possible.

This is much harder to do, as palm oil is in everything. It can be found in ramen, Oreos, and many other vegan products, including faux meats. So if you feel it is too unethical, avoid it. Although palm oil is technically vegan. However, the company does claim it is sustainably sourced.

Is Vitamin D3 Vegan?

This is a controversial inclusion, as Vitamin D3 is almost exclusively derived from lanolin, which is found in sheep’s wool. Although technically not vegan, it is found in such small quantities that even activist group PETA says not to worry about it. The vast majority of the benefits to animal agriculture will come from avoiding meat, dairy, and eggs, not a tiny amount of a vitamin.

What About Natural Flavors In Country Crock Products?

Natural Flavors are a tricky one. This is because the definition for Natural Flavoring is so broad that it is not very definitive. For instance, the FDA defines it as Natural flavor is made from spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products or fermentation products So it can be just about anything.

However, in this case, all dairy and egg products need to be listed due to being an allergy. They are nowhere mentioned on the list, meaning that they are not in the product. So at least in this case, it can be safely assumed that they are not animal in nature.

So is Country Crock vegan? It would appear that Buttery Spreads are, depending on how you feel about Vitamin D3 natural flavors and Palm oil. It can be used as a cheaper vegan alternative to butter, especially if you are just starting out as a vegan.

So this seems to be an OK product to use for buttered toast, baking, or adding into rice.

Country Crock At a Glance:

is country crock vegan?

 

Country Crock Original

 

 

 

 

Contain Vitamin D3

 

 

 

Vegan, depending on how you feel about Vitamin D3, Natural Flavors and Palm oil

 

Country  Crock Light

Country Crock Calcium plus Vitamin D.
 

Country  Crock Churn Style

 

CountryCrock Honey Spread.

 

Contains honey

 

Not vegan

Country Crock Salted Buttery Sticks.  

Contain whey(milk)

 

Not vegan

Country Crock Unsalted Buttery Sticks.
 

Country Crock Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil.

 

Contains cream(milk) and Buttermilk

 

Not vegan

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