Do Vegans Eat Honey

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The vegan lifestyle is typically associated with a plant-based diet.

!But what about honey, an animal product? Do vegans eat honey? Some vegans say yes; some say no. So who’s right and why do they both believe their answer to be true? Read on to find out more.


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First, let’s look at the reasons why some vegans say that honey is vegan. The most common argument is that bees aren’t killed during the process of collecting honey. They just collect it and take it back to their hives and then eat it, so since nobody dies for this product there’s no reason not to buy and consume it.

Another pro-honey reason comes from an ethical standpoint: vegans think that because the bees benefit from the beekeeper’s actions (getting sugar water or better yet, getting taken back to their hive) than they should also benefit from the beekeeper taking the unwanted parts of the flower (the wax and pollen). This means more can be collected which means more bees benefit.

Also, pro-honey vegans feel that if vegans don’t eat honey then it will just cause their body to produce more mucus (which isn’t good for the vegan lifestyle). They believe eating honey can help their bodies regulate themselves and keep them healthy.


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On the other side of this debate are opponents who think that because bees die during the process of collecting honey then it’s not vegan. The opponents also say that it goes against caring about all life forms to consume an animal product like honey. This would be like saying that it’s okay to kill mosquitoes or mice or any other creature who lives off of plants in order to protect your garden because you’re benefiting from it. Also, some vegans believe it’s hypocritical to be vegan because they’re still killing other creatures for another creature’s benefit (the bees). They say that this is a better reason to go vegetarian than vegan, but either way, those who choose to do so are not doing it from an ethical standpoint. This also applies to the argument of whether or not bees benefit from people taking their honey. Opponents say nobody has ever actually tested whether or not this is true and therefore suggest that there could be a bigger chance of it being false.


A vegan (pronounced vee-gun) is a person who doesn’t eat or use any animal product, and most importantly they don’t eat honey.

Some people say it’s okay if vegans eat honey because the bee isn’t killed in the process of getting the honey from them, but that still means that bees are being used by humans to make money off their labor.

The thing about bees though is that when one hive gets too full of honey another hive will come and steal some of what is there. When this happens the first hive knows they’ll be weak once they’ve given away all their food so they stuff themselves with pollen and nectar and turn themselves into living storage. Then when the other hive leaves they die of hunger.

Other animals, like cows and pigs, can’t be storable so they’re killed as soon as possible.

The point is that the bee isn’t being treated any better than those other animals just because it’s not being quickly murdered.

Another thing to consider is that bees are sensitive creatures who have a rich social life and communicate through dance and smell. They probably don’t want to give up their honey either, which means they’re being forced to do something against their will too.

For all these reasons vegans don’t eat honey or anything made from the labor of bees. Bees deserve freedom just as much as us humans do!


There isn’t any evidence out there yet proving one side right and the other wrong; it just appears as though two different mindsets have been formed among vegans everywhere. Some people think it’s the bees’ responsibility to produce as much honey as they want and eat it themselves, while others believe that vegans should care about every living creature and not take their products for personal benefit.

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