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Gold Peak tea is a brand of bottled tea that is made by The Coca-Cola Company. The tea is made with real brewed tea and real sugar cane juice. However, is Gold Peak Tea vegan?
All Flavors of Gold Tea are vegan because they are vegan because they don’t contain any ingredients sourced from animals.
Below is a table showing Gold Peak Tea flavors and its vegan status.
|Zero Sugar Sweet Tea
|Slightly Sweet Tea
|California Raspberry Tea
|Georgia Peach Tea
|Extra Sweet Tea
Gold Peak Tea Ingredients
Below is a list of ingredients from all the flavors that I could find.
- Brewed Tea (Filtered Water, Black Tea Leaves)
- Cane Sugar
- Phosphoric Acid
- Natural Flavors
- Citric Acid
- Caramel Color
- Acesulfame Potassium
- Phosphoric Acid
As always I’ve highlighted the ingredients that we need to take a closer look at.
Cane sugar is somewhat of an questionable ingredient for vegans because there is a possibility that bone char has been used in the production process. In it’s raw form, cane sugar is always vegan-friendly, but when refined it might not always be.
The cane sugar is refined most of time, because it can fit products better and in this process the sugar is also bleached. A common method is sadly to use bone char from dead cows to bleach the sugar. Exploiting animals in the production process does not align with veganism.
The next questionable ingredient is natural flavors and this is an umbrella term, meaning that it often consists of several flavors. The source of these ingredients are not disclosed, so natural flavors could consist ingredients sourced from animals and that is why this ingredient is something that vegans needs to look out for.
The only time ingredients are disclosed in natural flavors is if it contains milk since many people can be allergic to milk.
This is a very controversial ingredient within the vegan community and we don’t all agree on this ingredient. Some say it’s vegan and other don’t. It’s known for being tested on animals in past and that is why one half argues that the ingredient should not be consumed even to this day.
While others say that we should be able to consume products with aspartame since the animal testing was so long time ago. Essentially it’s up to you and you decide what you want to eat in your vegan journey.
Four flavors of Gold Peak Tea being vegan is amazing and more flavors might also be vegan but they contain natural flavors. I have contacted the support about the natural flavors and they have replied the natural flavors is vegan-friendly.
Thanks for reading, take care!