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Are Energy Drinks Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Whether they’re your go-to for a busy afternoon of work or a must-have for meeting uni deadlines, energy drinks are big business in the UK, but are they suitable for anyone on a plant-based diet? Keep reading to find out.

Love them or hate them, energy drinks fill up huge portions of newsagents and corner-shop fridges and they’re a big part of many peoples’ day. 

Are energy drinks vegan?

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Yes, the vast majority of energy drinks are suitable for vegans. This is for a combination of reasons; firstly many are natural and fully plant-based and secondly many of the more synthesised options no longer contain the animal bi-products that used to stop them from being vegan friendly. 

Why aren’t some energy drinks suitable for vegans? 

Even though some energy drinks, like Red Bull, only contain plant-based ingredients, they’re tested on animals according to Peta – read more here.

Until relatively recently, many energy drinks contained taurine, which was originally collected from ox bile. Thankfully this practice is generally long behind us and taurine is now fully synthesised in labs, generally making it vegan-friendly. 

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Which energy drinks are vegan? 

We’ve put together a guide to some of our favourite vegan-friendly energy drinks, so check this post out here for the full scoop! 

Keep your plant-based questions coming our way through the comments section below.


Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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