What Is Sugar
Sugar is carbohydrate that is found in plants and fruits. The term sugar is used to describe a number of molecules, such as fructose, sucrose, glucose, lactose and maltose. The most common type of sugar that you’ll find in your pantry is actually sucrose which is made up from the glucose and fructose molecules stuck together.
Commercially, sugar is generally obtained from sugarcane or sugar beat where the juice is extracted and impurities are removed.
Why Isn’t Sugar Vegan?
Once the juice is extracted from a plant, it needs to be processed to remove any impurities, such as colouring and minerals. In some instances, the manufacturer will use bone char as the charcoal helps with this process. This bone char is generally obtained from cow or cattle bones.
So I Have To Avoid Sugar?!
Thankfully this process of refining sugar in Australia is outdated and no longer practiced. In fact, some of the leading sugar suppliers in Australia, such as Sugar Australia, who brands CSR Sugar, openly talks about their process which uses carbon (from coal) rather than bone char.
However, if you are importing overseas goods that contain sugar, please double check with the manufacturer first and exercise some caution as while Australian sugar is free from bone char, this is not the case for many other countries!