FAQs (We know from experience.)
Animal-free dairy is made without animal inputs. The non-animal whey protein is identical to what’s in cow's milk, but made without using a single animal in the process. Animal-free dairy is vegan (as are all the other ingredients we use in our products!).
We’re big fans of this animal-free dairy protein because it ensures you get all the creamy, delicious taste and texture of ice cream, without animals, and less impact on the earth than anything else in the ice cream aisle.
SCIENCE! We use Perfect Day non-animal whey protein to make Brave Robot Ice Cream. Non-animal whey protein is the same whey you’d find in cow’s milk, except zero cows are involved. How?! The bovine whey protein gene (stay with us) was digitized in an open source database (like an e-book!). Microflora are given the blueprint of the gene sequence, and then fermented in a tank along with some plant sugars (it’s just like brewing beer!).
The result? A non-animal whey protein. We then use it to make Brave Robot animal-free DAIRY ice cream that’s just as creamy + dreamy as the real thing—and uses less land, water, and energy than dairy production. It’s planet-positive ice cream.
Brave Robot does not contain any animal inputs, but does contain milk protein. It’s a paradox! The FDA requires a declaration of milk proteins because the animal-free whey protein is molecularly identical to whey protein that comes from cows. We encourage ice cream eaters who have a milk protein allergy to use the same precautions with Brave Robot that they would take with dairy. (But, reminder - Brave Robot is gloriously lactose free!)
Great question! The FDA requires a declaration of milk proteins as the non-animal whey protein is molecularly identical to dairy protein. However, the animal-free dairy protein is produced WITHOUT the use of animals, and with zero compromise on taste and nutrition.
Brave Robot does not contain GMOs. The Perfect Day non-animal whey protein we use to make our ice cream comes from microflora, which produce different kinds of protein naturally. The microflora are given the genetic instructions for creating whey protein and go through a fermentation process along with some plant sugars (just like brewing beer!). Afterwards, the modified microflora is filtered out, leaving only pure, non-animal whey protein. In other words, genetic engineering is part of the Perfect Day process (think of the microflora as mini protein factories), but no GMOs are present in the resulting non-animal whey protein we use to make our ice cream.
Large-scale factory farming is terrible for the planet, not to mention the animals. Industrial dairy farming contributes A LOT of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, not to mention the resources needed to produce dairy (ex: it takes 144 gallons of water to produce ONE gallon of milk in the US). To meet the demand for delicious dairy, food companies often rely on factory farms to meet demand - but we think there's a better way: animal-free dairy has less impact on the planet. We use science + nature to make (delicious!) ice cream that uses less water, land, and energy (and zero animals). We’re currently working on a third-party review of our entire supply chain that will show the animal-free impact difference. We’ll also use that information to improve everything we possibly can about our operations and supply chain - because every piece of the puzzle matters.
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Yes! Brave Robot is certified OU-D Kosher.
Yes, our palm oil is sustainably sourced. The palm oil we use to make Brave Robot is RSPO certified, which is the global standard for sustainable palm oil. Check out RSPO’s site here (linked) for more information!
Brave Robot ice cream is not tested on animals. However, in compliance with regulatory expectations, our partner Perfect Day commissioned a one-time rat feeding study with their non-animal whey protein (an ingredient in our ice cream) in compliance with regulatory expectations, to establish safety for human consumption.
To be clear, neither we nor Perfect Day support or condone the use of animal testing. However, to establish that a new ingredient is safe, governmental regulatory agencies require extensive food safety tests, including tests with animals. This step is, unfortunately, an important part of assuring consumers that new ingredients are safe to eat. We fully support replacing animal testing with other validated methods to ensure the safety of new food ingredients.
Brave Robot is lactose free! Lactose and whey are both present in cow’s milk, but the non-animal whey protein ingredient we use is produced through fermentation and is not derived from cow’s milk.
Brave Robot is animal-free, lactose free, hormone free and cruelty free – but not dairy free. The non-animal whey protein we use is molecularly identical to whey protein from cow’s milk, so we encourage ice cream eaters who have a milk protein allergy to take the same precautions they would take with dairy.
Brave Robot is not certified gluten free. Our production facility does have allergen programs in place to prevent cross-contamination.
Only our Vanilla 'N Cookies and Blueberry Pie flavors contain gluten ingredients and are labeled with the FDA allergen declaration. You can find additional information on our ingredients here! https://braverobot.co/collections/flavors/
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