Are Japanese Sweets Vegan?


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20 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing lots of information. This is the very first time that I know white sugar made from bone char. In my country, all kinds of sugar include the white one are made from plants, such as sugar canes.

  2. Meh I think it depends on your perspective. In my opinion bone char doesn’t matter that much, because it’s a 100% byproduct. If the whole world went vegan, we wouldn’t still kill animals just for their bone char. That being said I avoid it when possible, but I’m not going to go hungry or deprive myself of the occasional foreign treat just because bone char may have been used. Also I don’t think white sugar that may or may not (you never know really) have been processed with bone char is any worse for you health wise then vegan white sugar.
    Not to mention we should all be eating less sugar overall, and it shouldn’t be a daily thing like it is for most Americans.

  3. Can you recommend any books about the dietary habits in japan/ historically speaking? I’ve heard many people telling me that dairy wasn’t consumed much in Japan before Americans came (which makes sense at it is an island) though I have the feeling not many Japanese people know about that…(or maybe they try to avoid it so look more like western countries?) I’d really love to learn more about that 🙂

  4. Thank you for this Video! But it is such an disappointment, I didn’t know bonechar is also an issue with Japnese sugar. The last 3 times in Japan I loved eating dango, daifuku and mochi so much!!! I don’t know how I possibly can stay in Japan without eating them this time 🙁

  5. I am really happy you made this video because until now I assumed bonechar wouldn’t be a thing in Japan because sugar made in germany (where I live) is made without. Now I know thanks a lot!!!!!!!! I couldn’t imagine how I would feel after eating some japanese sweets… (until now I always made them myself)

  6. I’ve only eaten Mochi yet, but I love it! It’s really a shame how europeans fucked up asia with the milk consumption. Especially southern chinese never drank milk and now they try to introduce it to the market with the argument ‘It will make you large like europeans’ -.-

  7. Been looking forward to this video subject! And thanks for the shout out, that was so thoughtful 🙂 How interesting to learn about the dairy history of Japan, I did not know this at all. And I agree, eating processed sugar is *not* *vegan*. I am dumbfounded that so many vegans ignore this fact, however, I have heard from the UK vegans that white sugar in the UK is not processed with bone char (but it is in America). Why do the temples serve vegan sweets and yet they’re so hard to find in the everyday markets, I wonder? Anyway, absolutely loved this lesson so much!!!!

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