So while I was at the grocery store I was looking for green olives. However, the ingredients listed on each jar that they have lactic acid. Now I know lactic acid can sometimes be from plant sources, but is mostly from cows. Are green olives vegan or do I need to search for vegan olives too? Help please.
The olives are vegan. 🙂 If it’s lactate or lactic acid, it’s not from dairy (exception – sterol lactate due to the stearic acid). “Lac” ingredients are usually produced by a fermentation process using cornstarch or beet sugar.
ETA: “Lactose, or milk sugar, should not be confused with the much more common lactic acid, or with galactose, which are not dairy derived. Lactose is generally indicate by -lacto- while lactic acid is indicated by -lact- in an ingredient name. Lactic acid can be safely assumed to be vegan unless its part of a compound such as a stearate.” http://www.exploreveg.org/resources/ingr…
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Asker’s Rating:Asker’s Comment:Thanks so much for explaining so clearly. I’m excited to get a jar of garlic stuffed olives now 🙂 Don’t worry, you can’t smell my breath from there.
Anyways, I’m pretty sure most things with lactic acid are vegan. Also considering it is pickling juice, that makes it even more reassuring. Olives- good in natural fats, disgusting 😛
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