Bone Char in Refined Sugar or is it Vegan Sugar ?

It is a widely known fact that bone char is extensively used by the sugar industry as a decolorizing filter, which allows sugar to achieve its white colour. This is a matter of concern – health wise as well as ethically if there is bone char in refined sugar or if one is having vegan sugar only. We tested five brands to check the presence of bone char in refined sugar. 

Brands Tested :   Dhampure, Golden Harvest, Reliance, Kendriya Bhandar, Mawana

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It is a widely known fact that bone char is extensively used by the sugar industry as a decolorizing filter, which allows sugar to achieve its white colour. This is a matter of concern – health wise as well as ethically if there is bone char in refined sugar or if one is having vegan sugar only.

The regular supermarket sugar brands may be obtaining their sugar from several different refineries, making it nearly impossible to know whether it has been filtered with bone char. Aware of this gap, VOICE Society and Beauty without Cruelty jointly got five randomly chosen brands of sugar samples tested at one of NABL’s (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) test labs. So, what do we have here?

Five  regular-selling  brands of  packaged sugar  were purchased  from Delhi-NCR  market  and DNA test was conducted to  verify  any  presence  of animal bone.

You might like to read how sugar is processed and refined here.

Brands Tested

  • Dhampure
  • Golden Harvest
  • Reliance
  • Kendriya Bhandar
  • Mawana

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