Yes, Furlani Texas Toast garlic bread is vegetarian
Furlani garlic bread is vegetarian. All Furlani branded products are suitable for a lacto-vegetarian diet.
Furlani garlic bread products:
- are a grain-based food
- contain wheat, milk and soy
- include plant- or microbial-based ingredients
All products under the Furlani brand are considered vegetarian. This includes Furlani Texas toast, garlic bread (loaves), breadsticks, knots, biscuits and Ann’s Biscuits.
Is Furlani suitable for a vegetarian diet?
Yes, Furlani branded products are suitable for a lacto-vegetarian diet – they contain milk but no other animal-derived ingredients.
A vegetarian diet consists of fruit, vegetables, legumes (dried beans, peas and lentils), seeds, nuts, grains and excludes the consumption of meat, poultry, fish and any products that contain these foods.
Some vegetarians choose to eat dairy products and eggs, while some exclude these foods.
A lacto-vegetarian diet includes the consumption of fruit, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts, grains and dairy products (milk, butter, ghee, cream, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, kefir).
A lacto-ovo vegetarian diet includes the consumption of fruit, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts, grains, dairy products and eggs.
A vegan diet consists of fruit, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts, grains and excludes all animal products. This means no meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs or honey.
Furlani lists microbial enzyme as an ingredient in its bread and cheese. What is a microbial enzyme?
Enzymes are used in bread making to help the dough rise, making the bread bigger and softer and keeping it fresher for longer. In cheese manufacturing, certain enzymes are added to break down the milk protein and separate it into solids (curds) and liquid (whey). The curds are then collected and made into cheese.
Furlani uses “microbial enzymes” in its bread and cheese making processes.
These microbial enzymes are produced from microbial fermentation as opposed to being sequestered from an animal source.
The microbial enzymes Furlani uses in its products are derived from the fermentation of a microbe (commonly a fungi, mold or yeast) and not the stomach of a ruminant animal (cow, goat, or sheep). This makes Furlani products suitable for a vegetarian diet.
What are lipase enzymes, microbial lipase and why are they used?
Certain Furlani products require lipase enzymes in its cheeses and spreads.
Lipase enzymes are added to certain cheeses (Parmesan, Feta, and blue cheese in particular) to break down the milk fat. This then enhances the cheese’s flavour and opens up its aroma. That is why some cheeses “smell” more than others.
Furlani only uses microbial lipase, which is produced by microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. All Furlani suppliers must also ensure that the ingredients they provide Furlani include only microbial-sourced enzymes.
Furlani branded products do not contain any ingredients sourced from the slaughter of an animal.
Are the monoglycerides in Furlani garlic bread products plant-based?
Yes, Furlani uses plant-sourced monoglycerides.
The mono and diglycerides (or monoglycerides) in Furlani garlic breads come from soybean oil.
The distilled monoglycerides in Furlani spreads come from palm oil.
Furlani products contain wheat, milk and soy
All Furlani branded products contain wheat, milk, and soy. Furlani products are not gluten free, dairy free or considered vegan.
Furlani bread ingredients include items such as:
- enriched wheat flour
- soybean oil
- calcium propionate
- microbial enzymes
- ascorbic acid
Dairy is used in Furlani product spread, cheese and cheese blends. Depending on the product type, the spread contains dairy and/or whey powder and butter. Whey is a dairy byproduct in the cheese-making process.
Furlani spread ingredients include:
- modified milk ingredients
- buttermilk powder
- whey powder
- soybean oil
- vegetable monoglyceride
- microbial enzyme
- Parmesan cheese (milk, salt, powdered cellulose, lipase, microbial enzyme, bacterial culture, natamycin)
Furlani cheese ingredients include:
- pasteurized milk
- cheese culture
Furlani garlic bread products – Texas toast, breadsticks, loaves, knots and biscuits – are grain-based and contain wheat, milk, soy and include plant- and microbial-based ingredients, therefore are suited for a lacto-vegetarian diet.