Based on the manufacturer’s ingredient list, it appears that Bottle Caps should be vegan. But upon further examination, they might not actually be considered vegan due to several reasons:
- Natural Flavors: This is a vague term that can sometimes include animal-derived ingredients. Without explicit confirmation from the company, it’s uncertain whether these flavors are derived from plant or animal sources.
- Artificial Colors: The color additives listed (Blue 1 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Red 40 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow Lake) are commonly synthesized from petroleum or coal sources. While they aren’t derived from animals, some vegans avoid them due to the potential for these substances to be tested on animals. The ‘Lake’ in the name refers to the process which makes these colors water insoluble and is not derived from any animal source.
- “May Contain Egg”: This statement is often used to indicate that the product is made in a facility that also processes egg products, meaning there’s a chance of cross-contamination. Some strict vegans may choose to avoid products with this label.
- Calcium Stearate: This can be derived from either plant or animal sources. Without explicit information from the company, it’s not possible to determine the source in this product.
Therefore, unless the company can confirm that the ‘natural flavors’ and ‘calcium stearate’ are from plant sources, and you are okay with the potential cross-contamination with egg and the use of artificial colors, this product might not be considered vegan.
Always check with the manufacturer if you have specific dietary requirements or concerns.
Bottle Caps Ingredient List
- Less than 2% of Calcium Stearate
- Malic Acid
- Natural Flavors
- Annatto Extract Color
- Caramel Color
- Vegetable Juice Color
- Blue 1 Lake
- Blue 2 Lake
- Red 40 Lake
- Yellow 5 Lake
- Yellow Lake
May Contain Egg*