Are Oreos Vegan? Guide To Vegan Oreo Flavors 2021

Are Oreos Vegan? Guide To Vegan Oreo Flavors 2021

Many people are unsure if Oreos are vegan. It’s actually pretty controversial within the vegan community and there’s a good reason for that.

For starters, most Oreos don’t contain animal products. However, they are manufactured in a space that uses animal products, so they’re not suitable for those with milk allergies because there’s a risk of cross-contamination.

It’s not black and white.

Though many Oreo products contain vegan ingredient lists, when we asked Oreo in an email if they had any vegan products, they replied that they couldn’t guarantee any of their products are vegan and their products are not suitable for vegans. We suspect this is due to no Oreo products being labeled or certified as vegan.

Beyond that, some Oreo flavors may be vegan in one country and not in another country – even if the ingredient list is the same.

White Sugar:

Oreos contain plain white sugar, which may be processed with bone char. Bone char helps the sugar achieve a bright white color – but it’s not listed as an ingredient on sugar that uses it. Since sugar is only processed with bone char and doesn’t contain bone char, it’s hard to know if one sugar company is vegan or not. With Oreos specifically, we don’t even know what sugar brand or company they work with. In some countries, the sugar may use bone char, but it might not in other countries – it really depends on the specific sugar in that region of the world.

White sugar is not something all vegans avoid, but if you prefer to avoid it then it’s best to avoid Oreos.

Confectioner’s Glaze

Confectioner’s glaze is a nice way of saying lac bug resin. It’s made directly from shellac, a resin secretion produced by lac bugs, primarily in Thailand and India. We contacted a shellac harvester from India and they shared that it takes about 300,000 lac bugs to produce 1 kilogram of shellac. Lac bugs naturally have short lifespans and aren’t intentionally killed during the harvest of the resin, but many female bugs and eggs do die. Peta quotes that ~100,000 lac bugs die to produce 1 pound of resin, which is misleading since that number includes those lac bugs dying of natural causes, like old age. Even so, much like honey, it’s nearly impossible to harvest shellac without some death to the bugs – especially in large-scale operations.

Confectioner’s glaze is currently found in the Birthday Cake flavored Oreos.

Palm Oil

Though vegan by nature, those who are vegan for animal welfare often avoid palm oil which is found in nearly all Oreos products.

Vegan and Non-Vegan Oreo Flavors

We’ve listed all of the current vegan Oreos and non-vegan Oreos below, along with their ingredients. Note: We gathered this information directly from Oreo’s website.

Shortly put, all non-dipped Oreos are vegan except for the Birthday Cake Flavor Oreos that contain shellac (confectioner’s glaze). Vegan Oreos include the limited-edition Lady Gaga Oreos and Brookie-O Oreos.

Any Oreos that contain a dip or glaze are not vegan, including the new OreoiD “make your own.”

Vegan Oreos

Original Oreo

INGREDIENTS:

UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE \, RIBOFLAVIN \, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR. })

Double Stuf

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Mega Stuf

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, DEXTROSE, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Golden

INGREDIENTS:

UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, CANOLA AND/OR PALM OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Golden Double Stuf

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Oreo Golden Lemon

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, CITRIC ACID, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, ANNATTO EXTRACT (VEGETABLE COLOR).

Chocolate Creme

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Dark Chocolate

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE VITAMIN B1, RIBOFLAVIN VITAMIN B2, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Double Stuf Gluten Free

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, PALM OIL, WHITE RICE FLOUR, TAPIOCA STARCH, CANOLA OIL, WHOLE OAT FLOUR, CORNSTARCH, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), INVERT SUGAR, SOY LECITHIN, BAKING SODA, SALT, XANTHAN GUM, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Gluten Free Original

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, WHITE RICE FLOUR, TAPIOCA STARCH, PALM OIL, CANOLA OIL, WHOLE OAT FLOUR, CORNSTARCH, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), INVERT SUGAR, SOY LECITHIN, BAKING SODA, SALT, XANTHAN GUM, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Mint

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE VITAMIN B1, RIBOFLAVIN VITAMIN B2, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, PEPPERMINT OIL, ARTIFICIAL COLOR (YELLOW 5 LAKE, BLUE 1 LAKE), CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Caramel Coconut

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, DRIED COCONUT, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, DEXTROSE, YELLOW 5 LAKE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, RED 40 LAKE, CHOCOLATE, BLUE 1 LAKE, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Chocolate Marshmallow

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), MARSHMALLOW PIECES (INVERT SUGAR, SUGAR, WATER, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SODIUM ALGINATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE {FOR COLOR}, CALCIUM CHLORIDE), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, NATURAL FLAVOR, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Carrot Cake

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, WHOLERAIN WHEAT FLOUR (GRAHAM FLOUR), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, SPICE, CORN CEREAL, SALT, NATURAL FLAVOR, BAKING SODA, CARAMEL COLOR, SOY LECITHIN, PAPRIKA EXTRACT (FOR COLOR), ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, ADIPIC ACID, YEAST EXTRACT.

Chocolate Peanut Butter

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PEANUT BUTTER (PEANUTS, HYDROGENATED RAPESEED AND/OR COTTONSEED AND/OR SOYBEAN OILS, SALT), CANOLA AND/OR PALM OIL, MALTODEXTRIN, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT,LUCOSE, SOY LECITHIN, INVERT SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Java Chip

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CARAMELIZED SUGAR, YELLOW 5 LAKE, CORN SYRUP, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, RED 40 LAKE, BLUE 1 LAKE, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Chocolate Hazelnut

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, PEANUT BUTTER (DRY ROASTED PEANUTS, HYDROGENATED RAPESEED AND/OR COTTONSEED AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL, SALT), WHOLEGRAIN WHEAT FLOUR (GRAHAM FLOUR), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, MALTODEXTRIN, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), SALT, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), CARAMEL COLOR,LUCOSE SYRUP, SOY LECITHIN, INVERT SUGAR, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, PEANUT BUTTER (DRY ROASTED PEANUTS, HYDROGENATED RAPESEED AND/OR COTTONSEED AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL, SALT), WHOLERAIN WHEAT FLOUR (GRAHAM FLOUR), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, MALTODEXTRIN, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), SALT, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), CARAMEL COLOR,LUCOSE SYRUP, SOY LECITHIN, INVERT SUGAR, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Vegan Oreo Thins

Original Thins

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, BAKING SODA, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Dark Chocolate Thins

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON,THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Mint Thins

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, BAKING SODA, PEPPERMINT OIL, ARTIFICIAL COLOR (YELLOW 5 LAKE, BLUE 1 LAKE), CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Latte Thins

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, BAKING SODA, YELLOW 5 LAKE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CHOCOLATE, RED 40 LAKE, BLUE 1 LAKE, NATURAL FLAVOR

Golden Thins

INGREDIENTS:

UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Golden Lemon Thins

INGREDIENTS:

UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR, CITRIC ACID, ANNATTO EXTRACT (FOR COLOR).

Limited Edition / Seasonal Vegan Oreos

Lady Gaga

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, SALT, BAKING SODA, YELLOW 5 LAKE, SOY LECITHIN, BLUE 1 LAKE, RED 40 LAKE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Brookie-O

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, BAKING SODA, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, COCOA, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR, CHOCOLATE, CARAMELIZED SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, YELLOW 5 LAKE, RED 40 LAKE, BLUE 1 LAKE.

Non-Vegan Oreo Products

Birthday Cake

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE, MONONITRATE, [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), HIGH OLEIC CANOLA AND/OR PALM AND/OR CANOLA, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), CORNSTARCH, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL AND ARTIFICAL FLAVOR, ARTIFICIAL COLOR (RED 40 LAKE, YELLOW 6 LAKE, BLUE 1 LAKE, YELLOW LAKE 5), PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, CORN DEXTRIN, CONFECTIONER’S GLAZE, CHOCOLATE CARNAUBA WAX.

OREO Thins Bites Fudge Dipped Sandwich Cookies, Latte Flavored Creme

OREO Thins Bites White Fudge Dipped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

OREO Thins Bites Fudge Dipped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Mint Flavored Creme

OREO Thins Bites Fudge Dipped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

OREO Dark Chocolate Fudge Covered Sandwich Cookies, Dark Chocolate Flavored Creme

OREO Fudge Covered Mint Creme Sandwich Cookies

OREO Fudge Covered Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

OREOiD “make your own” – both white and chocolate coatings contain milk.

Ben & Jerry’s Just Released Non-Dairy Americone Dream Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s Just Released Non-Dairy Americone Dream Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s just released another vegan flavor: Americone Dream Non-Dairy Ice Cream.

The ice cream is the vegan version of Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream. Colbert is the host of The Late Show and the flavor is inpired by his show and work.

The vegan Americone Dream ice cream features a vanilla almond-milk base, with fudge-covered waffle cone chunks and caramel swirls mixed in. Originally, the waffle cone pieces contained milk, but they remade them specifically for this flavor to make it vegan-friendly.

Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream Non-Dairy Ingredients

Unlike the new non-dairy Karamel Sutra Kore, this ice cream is not gluten-free since it contains wheat flour. But it is 100% vegan!

ALMOND MILK (WATER, ALMONDS), LIQUID SUGAR (SUGAR, WATER), COCONUT OIL, SUGAR, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, CORN SYRUP, WHEAT FLOUR, WATER, COCOA POWDER, BROWN SUGAR, PEA PROTEIN, CHICKPEA FLOUR, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, SOY LECITHIN, SALT, VANILLA EXTRACT, PECTIN, CARAMELIZED SUGAR SYRUP, SEA SALT, GUAR GUM, LOCUST BEAN GUM, SOYBEAN OIL.

Americone Dream Non-Dairy Nutritional Label

Ben&Jerry’s Vegan Ice Cream Flavors

Ice cream giant Ben&Jerry’s first introduced a line of vegan ice creams back in 2016. Those initial ice cream flavors included the popular Chunky Monkey, Coffee Caramel Fudge, P.B. and Cookies, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.

Since then, the company has released a total of 18 vegan ice cream flavors, with this Americone Dream being the latest.

It seems that Ben & Jerry’s is adapting well to the increase of dairy-free diets and is only continuing to add to its vegan and non-dairy options.

Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy, vegan flavors include:

Peanut Butter Half Baked
P.B. & Cookies
Netflix & Chill’d
Coffee Caramel Fudge
Coconut Seven Layer Bar
Chocolate Salted ‘n Swirled
Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Chocolate Caramel Cluster
Cherry Garcia
Caramel Almond Brittle
Phish Food (new)
Mint Chocolate Cookie
“Milk” & Cookies
Crème Brûlée Cookie
Colin Kaepernick’s Change the Whirled (new)
Karamel Sutra Kore (new)
Americone Dream (new)

You can use the website’s search feature to find a location or Scoop Shop near you!

McDonald’s Is Bringing Back Hi-C Orange Lavaburst (and it’s vegan)

McDonald’s Is Bringing Back Hi-C Orange Lavaburst (and it’s vegan)

Last week, Mcdonald’s announced the return of Hi-C Orange Lavaburst to menus.

The fan-favorite was first introduced to McDonald’s back in 1955. However, after more than 6 decades, it was discontinued in 2017.

Since its disappearance from menus and drink fountains, McDonald’s has received constant Tweets, emails, and petitions requesting that the drink be brought back. It seems McDonald’s is finally listening and is rolling out the beverage across the nation once again.

According to a post from McDonald’s, Hi-C Orange Lavaburst will be back in all US locations by the summer of 2021. If you’re interested in locating the drink nearest you, you can use their Hi-C Orange Tracker tool. They advise checking back weekly to see if the beverage has made it to a location near you.

Is Hi-C Orange Lavaburst Vegan?

Yes, McDonald’s Hi-C Orange Lavaburst drink is vegan.

While not much is vegan at McDonald’s, the company is experimenting with more vegan options – like with the McVegan and McPlant burger. However, this drink is accidentally vegan.

Hi-C Orange Lavaburst Ingredients:

PURE FILTERED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, ORANGE, PEAR AND APPLE JUICES FROM CONCENTRATE, LESS THAN 0.5% OF: NATURAL FLAVORS, CITRIC ACID, VITAMIN C, POTASSIUM CITRATE, SUCRALOSE, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM.

It’s great to see so many people excited about the comeback of a vegan menu item! What do you think of the comeback?

Oregon Just Introduced Legislation To Ban Fur

Oregon Just Introduced Legislation To Ban Fur

Legislation was introduced in Oregon this week that would prohibit the sale, distribution, and trade of fur throughout the state.

The bill, House Bill 2676, was created by Oregon State Representative Rob Nosse and is currently pending.

Under the bill, selling, distributing, or trading fur products is punishable by a “maximum of 364 days imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both.”

The bill does exempt “animal skin to be converted into leather, cowhide, deerskin, lambskin or sheepskin or animal pelt or skin preserved through taxidermy or for purpose of taxidermy.” So leather products would still be aloud, but fur products would be banned.

The first committee hearing for House Bill 2676 is expected to take place in the Spring of 2021.

Banning Fur – COVID-19

The fur trade has been linked to the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. A COVID-positive mink escaped a fur farm in Oregon and risked spreading the virus to local wildlife.

“It is increasingly clear that the fur industry exacerbates the spread of disease like COVID-19,” Nosse said, according to Animal People Forum. “By limiting the sale of this cruel and unnecessary product, we can prepare for the next pandemic and create a more safe and humane Oregon.”

California Already Banned Fur

Oregon isn’t the first state to introduce a bill banning the sale of fur. In 2019, Governor Newsom passed a bill banning fur in California. That bill is set to take effect in 2023.

If Oregon passes House Bill 2676, it would become the second state to ban fur. Seeing as California successfully passed such a bill, it’s promising that other states may soon follow suit.

Scientists Have Trained Spinach To Detect Bombs

Scientists Have Trained Spinach To Detect Bombs

Scientists can now use nanobionic spinach to detect underground bombs. The spinach then sends an alert via email if a bomb is detected.

Previously, bomb detection was done by animals, such as elephants, rats, bees, dolphins, and dogs. Animals have always been a critical part of finding landmines; however, many have been lost to the practice.

Thankfully, they’re now able to use something less sentient to sniff out bombs: spinach.

Photo Credit: Unsplash

Spinach has long been praised for its health benefits, and now it can be used to increase human lifespans in a different way.

How Spinach Detects Explosives

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) infused spinach leaves with carbon nanotubes.

According to a release, the nanotubes placed in the spinach leaves are designed to interact with picric acid. Picric acid is a nitroaromatic commonly found in explosives.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The spinach’s roots absorb the acid from the ground if an explosive is present. The acid is then transported up the plant and into the leaves – where the nanotubes are present and waiting to detect it.

When the nanotubes detect the nitroaromatic(s), they release a fluorescent signal that can be sensed by infrared cameras. Those cameras then send out an email alert.

Using Nanotubes In Spinach

This technology could be revolutionary for saving countless animal and human lives. Additionally, researchers are hoping to use the same principles of this technology to detect other environmental conditions, like drought or plant health.