Do Vegans know what they are eating when they scoff non-meat made to look like meat?

Graham Charles Lear
4 min readJul 30, 2023


I say to Vegans or anyone temped to eat this kind of food good luck in ten years' time when you are costing the NHS thousands to treat you.

There are at least 7 harmful chemicals that go into the vegan so-called meat bookmark them to show Vegans.

1. Titanium Dioxide (E171)

This chemical goes into vegan chicken and it's a chemical that maintains the white that is associated with chicken breast. It's a white colourant additive used in paints, coatings, and cosmetics. E171 is defined as a nanoparticle that can squeeze through the natural protective barriers of the human body and accumulate in our liver, lungs, and other organs.

2.Tertiary butyl-hydroquinone (E319).

TBHQ is a synthetic food preservative used to extend shelf life and prevent discolouration. Other than in food, you can find it in paint and varnish. TBHQ goes into vegan so-called bacon

recent research shows that tBHQ, at a dose relevant to the human diet, impairs the primary and memory immune responses to influenza infection, which could potentially impact vaccine efficacy.

“Our studies showed that mice on a tBHQ diet had a weakened immune response to influenza (flu) infection,” — Robert Freeborn, a fourth-year PhD candidate at Michigan State University. “In our mouse model, tBHQ suppressed the function of two types of T cells, helper and killer T cells. Ultimately, this led to more severe symptoms during subsequent influenza infection.”

3. Erythosine (Red #3, E127)

Erythrosine, also known as E127 or Red#3, is added to assemble the looks of real meat. If they didn’t add Red#3 to vegan burgers, they wouldn’t “bleed,” and bacon would look pretty meatless. Red #3 in the 90s for use in cosmetics as it caused cancer in rats, but it remains legal to eat. It makes you think how it's still legal 30 years later, even though Red#3 was found to cause DNA structural damage in human liver cells.

4. Hexane

Most other vegan meat replacements are made from soy protein isolates and concentrate. These are made by separating soy proteins from fats. In order to do this, manufacturers bathe soybean flakes in a solvent called hexane — a byproduct of gasoline refining. Hexane explosions are not uncommon in the industry and pose a health hazard for people working at manufacturing plants. When factory workers have skin contact with hexane, they experience immediate irritation and develop blisters hours later. Moreover, those who have long-term hexane exposure might develop neurological disorders or even vision loss.

5. Caramel Coloring (E150)

This ingredient sounds the least worrying. However, Caramel colouring is made by heating high-dextrose corn syrup, which often happens with ammonium. When that is the case, it contains 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazol (4-MEI). These substances cause cancers in mice and in rats, it is used in so-called Vegan meat mince

6. Carrageenan (E407)

Carrageenan has thickening and moisturizing binding properties and is a vegan gelatin alternative that is widely used in the food industry. Interestingly enough, it is extracted from red seaweed. The use of E407 has been tied to harmful gastrointestinal effects, colitis, intestinal inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and even colon cancer in some animal and cell-based studies.

7. Refined Canola Oil

Canola oil is marketed as a health food with high-burning properties and high omega 3. However, it is called refined for a reason; it is genetically modified and highly processed. Unlike cold-pressed oil, it is refined, meaning the production process includes bleaching, high temperatures, and toxic chemicals for the human body. On top of this, refined canola oil goes through a deodorization process, given its natural smell. Not only does this remove omega-3 which is naturally present, but it turns it into trans fatty acid.

Studies found that cancer cells feed on the oleic acid in canola oil. The study concluded that a microenvironment rich in oleic acid might favour tumour progression, especially for highly metastatic carcinoma cells.

Vegans can find refined canola oil added to: Vegan Burgers Vegan Minced Meat.

There is the smoking gun that Vegans deny they are scoffing, either because they don't know or don't understand what they are eating. I am sure you will all educate them when you come across them when they are telling you not to eat meat. Dont forget to bookmark them so you have them on hand.



Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.