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Hare Krishna! 

I was just wondering, a lot of recipes in ISKCON cookbooks and those online, and in general, a lot of foodstuffs cooked contain sugar. What I'm confused about however, is the fact that a lot of a lot of refined sugar companies nowadays produce sugar that isn't exactly vegetarian because they're filtered with animal bone char to remove impurities and to whiten the sugar. Eventhough the sugar itself doesn't contain bone char particles, sometimes it can be considered as not vegetarian as the sugar comes into contact with bone char. So can we or should we not consume sugar?

Sorry for any offenses, I hope everyone is having a good day :)

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Hare Krishna,

We should not be using this white crystal sugar. Infact after coming to know of it, we have stopped using white sugar. Instead we use Brown color sugar (which is expensive), Bura Khand (which is not pure white) and Natural Jaggery (red in color not whitish) - because more the whiter more chemicals in it. But we still have to honor prasadam cooked in white sugar made in the temple or Prasadam cooked by some other devotee. More awareness is required among devotees and non-devotees. 

I have heard from the people who have seen sugar factories that now instead of buying bone powders to whiten the sugar, the animal bones from slaughter houses are coming directly to the sugar factories to make bone powder to reduce the cost further in making white crystal sugar. And these trucks with animal bones come to these sugar factories at night.

Sorry for any offenses.

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