Vegan gas relief for onions!

I used to suffer from terrible silent-but-deadly gas, and I never knew when it was going to strike. A house party, a movie theater, and a private kung fu lesson where there were no other suspects were the most embarrassing occasions. But now I’ve found a solution, a vegan gas relief for onions, and my excitement to share it overrides all my old embarrassment!

Several years ago, I did an elimination diet and realized that onions were the culprit. I always assumed it was beans because that’s what you hear, but it wasn’t. So, I avoided onions, most of the time successfully, even though I missed the taste. But my husband loves Indian food, and I kept running into dishes where the onions were blended in. So, whenever we’d go out for Indian food, I’d have to sequester myself in my studio after.

UNTIL! It came up in an internet forum, I can’t remember which, and someone suggested Beano for onions. I had thought that Beano was only for beans, but that’s not true! But, it turned out Beano might not be vegan. That’s when someone suggested my savior: VEGAN BEAN-ZYME!

Regular Bean-zyme uses a gelatin capsule, but the company makes a vegan formula – the packaging says “Vegan Formula” in small letters on the front of the bottle.

How does it work?

Some people are missing the enzymes necessary to break down complex sugars into more digestible ones, resulting in FLATULENCE. Vegan Bean-zyme works the same way as Beano. It contains the enzyme Alpha-galactosidase which is made from a food-grade mold. Apparently, this is just the enzyme I needed to digest onions! I’ve eaten a recipe that called for half an onion with no consequences!

I hope this post reaches someone out there with the same problem and makes their life a little less gassy.

In Search of Vegan Antiperspirant

There are many available vegan deodorants but it’s hard to find a vegan antiperspirant.

What’s the difference between Deodorants and Antiperspirants?

Deodorants merely mask body odor with a more pleasing scent, while antiperspirants prevent or reduce sweat in the first place, reducing body odor.

Body odor is caused by bacteria on the skin breaking down our sweat into acids. Antiperspirants work by plugging the sweat pores in your armpits, and also causing them to contract.

There are several controversial claims against antiperspirants. I read up on them, and have added some information on those claims at the bottom of this post. I am still going to use antiperspirant. So, here’s a list of the few vegan antiperspirants I’ve found:

List of Vegan Antiperspirants – updated 5/21/2017

Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry Antiperspirant Deodorant

Tom's of Maine Vegan Antiperspirant (Unscented)*, (North Woods), (Fresh Meadow)
  • Active Ingredient: Aluminum Chlorohydrate
  • Company only uses vegan ingredients
  • Colgate-Palmolive purchased Tom’s of Maine in 2006 but agreed not to test Tom’s products on animals.
  • *This is my antiperspirant of choice.

Jack Black Pit Boss Antiperspirant & Deodorant
Jack Black Pit Boss Vegan Antiperspirant
  • Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tirchlorohydreax Gly
  • Company does not test on animals but products are available in China may be required.
  • Company has many marked vegan products.
  • Company uses beeswax, lanolin from sheep, and silk in some products.
  • Company only sells vegan shave brushes and has a FAQ about how badgers are killed for bristles in natural brushes.
Certain Dri Antiperspirant Roll On 1.2oz
Certain Dri Vegan Antiperspirant
  • Active Ingredient: Aluminum Chloride
  • Treats excessive sweating.
  • Company does not test on animals.
  • Certified cruelty free by PETA which means they self-report no animal testing.

ZeroSweat Antiperspirant
ZeroSweat Vegan Antiperspirant
  • Active Ingredient: Aluminum Chloride
  • Treats excessive sweating.
  • Company does not test on animals.
Why do people avoid antiperspirants?

Several health risks have been linked to the aluminum in antiperspirants, though many of these claims have been debunked. And some consider antiperspirants “unnatural” in general. You know what’s not natural? Wearing pants in 90 degree weather!

  • Breast cancer: There is a widespread fear that the the aluminum-based complexes in antiperspirants cause breast cancer. This has not been proven. You can read the full Snopes breakdown of the issue here. And Science-Based Medicine also wrote a post about it.
  • Alzheimer’s: Another fear is that aluminum in antiperspirants causes Alzheimer’s disease. This idea came from some studies in the 1960’s that found high levels of aluminum in the blood of Alzheimer’s patients. Aluminum cans and pots and pans were considered more of a risk than antiperspirants, and the studies were never reproduced.
  • Kidney Disease: Part of the job of our kidneys is eliminating excess aluminum from the blood stream. Most aluminum in our blood comes from food. When kidney function is impaired, kidneys cannot eliminate as much aluminum, and aluminum levels can build up in the blood. If you have kidney disease, consult your physician before using antiperspirant.

I’m always skeptical of research being influenced by powerful corporations. But having read up on these issues, I am not convinced antiperspirant is a great enough health risk to give it up. I would love to find a DIY solution to body odor because I don’t want to contribute to more plastic waste. But until I have time to figure that out, I’ll be slathering my armpits in aluminum on hot days and carrying a titanium spork, bamboo straw, cloth napkins, and thermos.

Do you have a favorite vegan antiperspirant?

Let us know in the comments. And test any other products with our free vegan ingredient checker.

In Search of Vegan Gummy Vitamins

Too Long Didn’t Read: List of Vegan Gummy Vitamins at Bottom of Post. (updated 5/23/2017)

Finding vegan gummy vitamins is easier said than done. Unfortunately, there’s no vegan search option on Amazon. Have you ever tried searching “vegan” on Yelp only to get restaurants with reviews like “There were no vegan options?” Searching on Amazon can be even more opaque. Sometimes a product shows up in the search results and I can’t find the word “vegan” anywhere.

Sketchy Descriptions

Alive Multi-Vitamin Adult Gummies are not vegan

I recently searched for “vegan gummy vitamins” on Amazon and the top result was “Nature’s Way Alive Adult Multi-Vitamin Gummies, 90 Count.” The bottle boldly says “No Gelatin” on the front, and on the back says that
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