When it comes to deciding what to eat on a vegan diet, the question often arises: are fillings vegan? As with many food-related queries, the answer can vary depending on the type of filling.
What are Fillings?
In the world of food and baking, a “filling” typically refers to a substance used to fill a food item. Fillings can range from fruit preserves in a pie, to cream cheese in a bagel, to vegetables and tofu in a stir-fry.
Are They Vegan?
Given the wide range of fillings, it’s clear that some are vegan, while others are not. Fillings made of fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, tofu, and certain sweeteners are generally vegan. Examples include apple pie filling, guacamole, hummus, or a stir-fry mix of vegetables and tofu.
However, many common fillings are not vegan. These include meat-based fillings, cream cheese, custards, and certain types of jelly or jam that may contain gelatin (a product derived from animal collagen). Some fillings might also have hidden non-vegan ingredients, such as certain sugars that are processed using bone char.
In conclusion, whether a filling is vegan or not depends entirely on its ingredients. Always check the ingredient list or ask about the contents if you’re unsure. Keep in mind that there are plenty of delicious vegan filling options out there, from fruit and vegetable mixes to plant-based creams and cheeses.