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Vegan Nugget #14: Is Honey Vegan? Healthy? Humane?

May 27, 2014

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Vegan Nugget #14: Is Honey Vegan? Healthy? Humane?’

A question I get rather frequently is whether honey is considered vegan, and if not, why not?

This video goes into why honey is not vegan. From animal rights issues to the health implications of honey consumption to the environmental issues with beekeeping to the fact that honey is BEE VOMIT. (yes, that’s right)

Honey bees are treated terribly poorly in the honey industry. entire colonies are killed off when they don’t produce enough honey or when it makes “economic sense” to the beekeeper.

The queen bee has her wings ripped off so that she doesn’t fly away and the hive’s honey (food source for them and their babies) is stolen for human consumption.

Now you may be saying, “but honey’s good for you, right? isn’t it a ‘natural’ sweetener?” in reality, honey is so similar to high fructose corn syrup that adulterating honey with it is a serious problem. It is virtually impossible to tell pure honey from adulterated honey.

And then there is the fact that honey is literally bee vomit. each droplet of nectar is swallowed and regurgitated 50 times in the making of honey.

Nothing like gooey vomit to sweeten up your tea, drizzle on your morning cereal, or spread on your sweet roll!

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it seems that bees are exploited too.
is there anything else man knows
how to do:(

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

8 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    May 27, 2014 11:53 am

    it seems that bees are exploited too.
    is there anything else man knows
    how to do:(j

    Liked by 2 people

  2. May 27, 2014 1:27 pm

    Thank you, hon, that’s perfect. In answer to your question, no. (It seems that way, anyhow.)

    Liked by 2 people

  3. lovegan permalink
    May 27, 2014 1:58 pm

    My answers: No. No. No. We don’t need honey, they do and it’s theirs. End of debate 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  4. May 27, 2014 4:55 pm

    This is a wealth of information that I never knew, and I’m a vegan. Thank you for this post and video, which I will share!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. May 27, 2014 5:52 pm

    I’m so glad you find it useful, Kathleen, thanks for sharing! and I have to give credit, though, to a fellow vegan who recommended it!


  6. May 28, 2014 5:54 am

    I knew honey wasn’t vegan, but I didn’t know all that!! Wow.


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