Most bread is vegan-friendly. This could apply to almost all varieties of bread including, sourdough, sandwich bread, rolls, bagels, focaccia, lavash, tortillas, pita, and many others. Bread is a grain-based food and many other ingredients found in bread are also plant-based and vegan.
In this article, we look at the more popular brands and types to show which ones are vegan-friendly and which ones aren’t.
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Is White Bread Vegan?
Not all white bread. Most soft white sandwich breads are made with enriched dough, these can contain dairy in the form of dried milk powder, butter or milk, and eggs. Not vegan-friendly. However, leaner breads like baguettes and sourdough breads are made with water flour, yeast and salt – they would be vegan.
Make sure to always do your research before purchasing white bread.
Is Hovis Bread Vegan?
Yes. Hovis Soft White Medium bread is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is also Kosher-friendly.
The ingredients of Hovis bread are Wheat Flour (with added Calcium, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Water, Yeast, Soya Flour, Salt, Preservative: E282, Emulsifiers: E472e, E471, E481; Flour Treatment Agent: Ascorbic Acid.
All of which makes Hovis Bread agreeable with a vegan diet.
Is Warburtons Bread Vegan?
Yes, Warburtons Bread is vegan. They use a flour treatment agent (E920) in their baked goods. E920 is synthetically produced through natural fermentation / enzymic processes using raw materials of vegetable origin / pure organic, non animal, compounds.
Most of their baked goods are 100% suitable for vegetarians. With the exception of their milk rolls.
Is Sourdough Bread Vegan?
Yes, sourdough bread is vegan friendly. Traditional sourdough bread is made up of three ingredients; flour, water and salt. If the bread is traditional sourdough bread, then it is completely vegan friendly.
*Occasionally some less traditional bakers use milk products in their sourdough starter, which stops the bread from being vegan. Make sure the sourdough is made in the traditional way to ensure there are no issues.
What are the Top UK Vegan Bread Brands?
These are some UK vegan bread brands:
- Warburtons Crumpets
- Warburtons Medium White
- Warburtons Wholemeal Medium
- Hovis ‘Best of Both’
- Hovis Soft White
- Tesco wholemeal pittas
- Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference ancient grains bread
Tip: Checking the ‘Free From’ section in most supermarkets can help you find vegan bread brands and other vegan-friendly products.
What Bread is not Vegan?
Bread containing animal products such as eggs, honey, royal jelly, gelatin, or dairy-based ingredients like milk, butter, buttermilk, whey, or casein is not considered vegan. You may also come across these ingredients that are usually — but not always — vegan: Mono and diglycerides.
Most breads are naturally vegan, including flatbreads, savory, or dry types of bread. However, fluffier brioche-style types are more prone to including animal-derived ingredients. Ensure your bread is vegan by checking the label.
If you’re still curious about vegan food, check out our “Is Marmite Vegan?” article.
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