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#1 Old 01-13-2016, 08:48 PM
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Angry I need one of those "X days without an incident" signs

So after being diligent vegetarian for a little over a year now I totally had a freaking brain lapse just 30 minutes ago and ate a cheese puff that was offered to me. It didn't pop into my head that I should check for the ambiguous sometimes animal based "enzymes" so common in anything remotely related to cheese until after the fact. Sure enough it was in there, hiding second to last in the ingredients list. The only reason I accepted it on an unquestioning whim was because the person offering is usually pretty good about warning me if something is veggie friendly or not but sometimes just blacks the hell out (no matter how many times I remind them) and blindly trusts the "organic" or "all natural" label is synonymous with "healthy and vegetarian."

So after a year of being a proudly disciplined and cautious vegetarian a freaking cheese puff in a moment of absent mindedness is my potential square one.

I say potential because sometimes "enzymes" are vegetable derived so I could be spazing over nothing but you don't know for certain 100% unless it is expressly stated or the cheese product is labeled kosher as well.

Not only am I disgusted, angry, and honestly a touch depressed but I'm now seriously considering cutting cheese out of my diet entirely because of how much of a freaking nuisance it is to constantly scrutinize it and I don't eat it that much as it is unless pizza is involved.

I'm probably over reacting and will calm down about it in a few hours/days but just need vent a bit.
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#2 Old 01-13-2016, 09:09 PM
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Don't worry about it - it was a mistake, and we've all made those.

FYI: Even kosher cheese can contain animal rennet: https://oukosher.org/blog/consumer-kosher/say-cheese/

As of 2012, the vast majority of American-made cheese is produced without animal rennet. According to the Vegetarian Resource Board, about 90% of American-made cheese is made using rennet enzymes derived not from cows, but from genetically-modified microorganisms: https://www.vrg.org/nutshell/faqingredients.htm#rennet . IMO this is a great use of GMO technology (although I don't personally eat dairy products).


Specific recommendations for a healthy diet include: eating more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains; cutting down on salt, sugar and fats. It is also advisable to choose unsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids."
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#3 Old 01-13-2016, 09:19 PM
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I honestly think you're overreacting. If you're upset because you'd had something that may OR MAY NOT BE animal derived BY ACCIDENT, I'd say you're a super vegetarian and should be congratulated. That kind of trace ingredient is something that most of us decide is an acceptable risk. But if it really upsets you, by all means stick to eating things you can identify as 100% veg*n.

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#4 Old 01-14-2016, 03:06 AM
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I agree with @Poppy . Don't stress over it, but if this inspires you to cut out cheese, that's awesome! It's easy to live a happy, healthy life without dairy, and it's a big win for cows and their calves.
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I think it's okay because it was an accident and this kind of accidents happen to all of us. You will be more careful next time and it's great that you're thinking to give up cheese.
I had an accident recently when I bought a pizza pastry thing, I looked on the ingredient list and I couldn't see any meat (to my surprise) and it was like a donut, so you couldn't actually see the ingredients. I took a bite and it had bacon. It happens sometimes, but it's okay, we learn from it and know better next time.
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#6 Old 01-14-2016, 06:45 PM
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Oh hell, I can't even remember what year we went vegetarian or vegan. More than ten years, I know that. It doesn't matter, really. What matters is keeping it up.
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