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#1 Old 01-05-2016, 03:54 PM
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"Typically" or "sometimes" vegan ingredients.

Hey everyone! I'm very new to being vegan, less than a week coming from being a vegetarian for a couple months. I have a few questions about possible hidden animal derived ingredients in food.

So I bought an app for the phone that allows me to scan the barcodes on packages and it'll tell me which ingredients are vegan, vegetarian or neither. Some things I have scanned, mostly breads, have shown that a few ingredients are typically or sometimes vegan. Specifically the pita bread I scanned had mono- and di-glyceride. But how do I know if it is or not? Or should I just steer clear of that kind of stuff?

Also. When a product says that it may contain traces of milk or eggs, do I stay away from those??

Maybe I'm being nit-picky with it, but I'm curious about what all the "seasoned" vegans do. Thanks!!
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#2 Old 01-05-2016, 04:20 PM
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I personally don't worry about mono- and di-glyceride. But that's just me. You can e-mail the company and ask them if that specific product contains animal ingredients.

"May contain" means the product was processed in the same facility that also processes foods with animal ingredients. It's there because of possible cross-contamination. It's still vegan.

"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." - William Ralphe Inge

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What jess said.
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#4 Old 01-05-2016, 06:49 PM
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When it says "may contain traces" it is more for people with severe food allergies as even a trace of contamination could be life or death. If the food does not list a dairy product or eggs as an ingredient, it is generally considered vegan. I suppose some vegans may opt not to eat foods processed in a non vegan facility, but most don't.

Personally, my general rule of thumb though is to buy whole foods and make what I need from scratch. Pita bread is very simple and quick to bake from scratch:

1 cup water
2 cups flour (of GF flour blend)
2tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp basil

Mix all your ingredients into a dough, press into 9" cake pan until about 1/2" thick and bake at 350 for 20 min (until golden brown on top). Super easy and SO much better fresh.

And if you ask me, if you eat breads, homemade is ALWAYS better than store bought. Plus, you control exactly what goes in it. It really isn't that tough either once you learn how to bake all your own bread (and no, you don't need a fancy machine). Yeast breads are a tad trickier, but soda breads are usually quick and easy for beginners to learn with
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I personally don't eat mono/di-glyceride items but it's easy for me to avoid since I make pretty much everything I eat from scratch. It's pretty minor either way though AFAIK.

Produced in a factory that uses eggs/milk/whatever? No problem at all for me.
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