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This is what it says on the Benecol website about whether or not it contains dairy:

 

"Do BENECOL® Spreads contain dairy or dairy by-products?While none of the ingredients in BENECOL® Spreads are dairy-based, we cannot state with certainty that they do not contain any dairy by-products." IME when that is said about a product it normally will contain an animal derivative of some kind.

 

Benecol has Polyglycerol as an ingredient in both the regular and the light spreads. This is not a vegan ingredient. It is by-product of soap manufactureres which normally uses animal fat. It also contains Palmitate. Here's what PETA's list says about Palmitic Acid: which is from fats, oils. Mixed with stearic acid [not vegan]. Found in many animal fats and plant oils. In shampoos, shaving soaps, creams. Derivatives: Palmitate, Palmitamine, Palmitamide. Alternatives: palm oil, vegetable sources.

 

God's Peace,

Gayle

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