Is Vegan Yoghurt Raw?
Wondering what’s actually in your favourite breakfast and snack? We break down what raw yoghurt is, and answer whether vegan yoghurt is raw.
What is raw yoghurt?
Raw yoghurt is yoghurt consisting of milk that has not been pasteurised. Pasteurisation is when milk is heated in order to sterilise any potentially harmful bacteria, and this is done for all milk and dairy products sold in shops and supermarkets in the UK; It’s actually illegal to sell unpasteurised milk in the UK in retail. It should be noted that raw milk can be harmful as without sterilisation there is a chance you could fall ill, which is why there are laws around it.
Is vegan milk sterilised?
Sterilisation is also part of the process of making vegan milk, to make it safe to consume, extend shelf life, and finally to improve flavour. This means all shop-bought milks, vegan and non-vegan, are boiled and sterilized.
So, is vegan yoghurt raw?
Vegan yoghurt is not raw unless the milk is, and shop-bought milks aren’t raw. This means that any shop-bought yoghurts aren't raw either.
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By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.