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Haribo Zingfest, 150g

Haribo Zingfest, 150g

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Unfortunately, there are several ingredients used by the Haribo brand that might make them non-vegan, so you should definitely keep an eye out for the following ingredients. Gelatin Apparently, Germans are very fond of sweets and bears, and the inspiration for making the bear-shaped gum candies came from the “dancing bears”— animals trained to entertain the masses in public squares in medieval times, which is a rather non-vegan start to a brand. The company is today run by Hans Riegel’s grandson, Hans Guido Riegel, with family management that is considered rather authoritarian and old-fashioned, but that seems to work very well, after all, there are more than 6,000 employees and a production of more than 80 million units per day.

In any case, because beeswax is produced by bees, it can’t be deemed as a vegan ingredient. Carmine However, conventional palm oil farming is responsible for the destruction of rainforests and natural habitats. As a result, animal species end up losing their homes and die as they’re unable to adapt. Methods like removing the wings of queen bees to prevent worker bees from leaving the colony are one of the few methods employed by some industrial bee farmers. While this seems more pertinent to honey, the fact that beeswax is crucial to the process doesn’t change the gravity of the problem.Light - Have a job that involves long periods of sitting (office-based / driving) or are home-based and sitting for much of the day. Typical jobs: office worker, sales rep, bus/taxi/lorry driver. Haribo, however, is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which claims to be the arbiter on sustainable palm oil production and vouches for members (or corporations) within their circle. Whilst I already have an article covering gelatin-free vegan gummies, here are the ones I would say are an interesting alternative to Haribo sweets: Candy Kittens

Carmine is a red pigment obtained from cochineal, which is a type of scale insect closely related to the aphids, mealybugs, and whiteflies. It’s also worth mentioning that bone char is only used for sugar derived from sugar cane. Another commonly used source of sugar is beet sugar which doesn’t rely on bone char to crystalize. Gelatin is a protein obtained by boiling animal bones, skins, ligaments, and tendons, and whilst there are alternatives such as pectin, agar-agar, and carrageen, gelatin is still the most widely used. Beeswax Moderate - On your feet for much of the day, either standing or occasional slow paced walking. Typical jobs: shop assistant, teacher, chef/cook, bar worker, engineer.

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Moderately active - Do light to moderate intensity exercise 3-4 times a week. E.g. going to the gym / swimming / cycling / horse riding / dance classes / playing golf. Daily dog walking (brisk pace, twice a day). Gelatin is one of the main ingredients used in chewy candies, and most Haribo sweets have it, as well as a wide array of different products such as shampoos and face masks. Unfortunately, we know that the conventional honey industry isn’t ethical, and therefore some harsh methods are used to ramp up honey production.

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