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#1 Old 01-05-2006, 11:25 AM
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I've been thinking lately about why most food producing companies in this country are not vegan friendly. Foods really do not HAVE to contain animal substances/extracts. Things like eggs, carmine, whey, lactose, etc., could easily be eliminated, and the food could still be manufactured.

So I'm wondering if the FDA/government really DOESN'T want the animal additives to be taken out. They know that animals are pumped full of hormones that probably aren't great for human consumption. Maybe for some undermining reason the FDA wants people to ingest these products. I mean, if the majority of humans start eating a healtier diet and start becoming healthier, it would start to negatively effect the money generated from big business. People wouldn't have as many health problems and therefore, they wouldn't need to see a doctor, repeatedly see more doctors, specialists, start treatments or therapy for their conditions, buy prescription medications, purchase goods from pharmacies (such as over-the-counter drugs or, for example, diabetic equipment.) Pharmaceutical companies are of major importance to the stock market and I'm sure the government, big business, and share holders certainly don't want people to start getting healthy and going off their meds. Anyway, maybe I'm way off here. It's just strange that in this day and age, when a lot of people are looking for easy ways to become healthy, lose weight, look younger, etc... why isn't veganism more prevalent in the food industry? It's also weird that many products, (soy cheese for example) still contain things like casein, when products like that are geared toward us veg heads? Why can't it be taken out? I don't get it. Who knows, it's just a thought, but maybe I'm overthinking it?
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#2 Old 01-05-2006, 04:26 PM
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I thought the dairy they've added to Duncan Hines mixes recently was pretty uncalled for.
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#3 Old 01-05-2006, 04:30 PM
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It would be interesting if there was some kind of test where people were fed some product first without some minuscule animal ingredient and then with it, and were asked about the difference and which was which. The difference would have to be somewhat significant in order to make it wise to leave out potential vegan consumers.

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#4 Old 01-05-2006, 05:29 PM
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What I don't get is gelatine. What's the point, why do food companies put them cakes, buiscuits, candy and so on. What does it do? Can't they just leave it out or put in a vegetable substitute?
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#5 Old 01-05-2006, 05:43 PM
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Carmine is annoying. Especially in makeup too, that's why I can never find vegan makeup. It's also in TJ brand strawberry soymilk. Why can't they just used a red food coloring??!

I don't think the manufacturers think about it at all when they put trace ingredients in stuff like bread. It's really hard to find a good selection of vegan bread because they put 2% or less of whey/honey, etc. It's so stupid. It's also crazy that the soy cheese manufacturers put casein in soy cheese when they don't realize a big percentage of people buying soy cheese are vegan or allergic to milk.

It's completely ridiculous to put trace amounts of animal ingredients in food because such a little amount of what they put in cannot possibly change anything about the product. They have no real reason to add it just for the heck of it.It's not like they have to put a V on their products if they were worried about scaring away omnis because most of them don't even read the ingredients and say Hey I'm not buying this, there's no animal ingredients in it! The most logical explanation is that it doesn't cross their minds to make their products marketable to vegans and they are so used to disassociating the names of animal products with the animals they come from. Just like most omnis refer to cow as beef and hamburger.
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#6 Old 01-05-2006, 06:23 PM
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Simple answer? Money...after all is said and done, it's usually money. Companies don't want to spend $$ to reformulate their products when they don't view "animal ingredients" as bad, or unhealthy. It was the same with trans fats until they started to have evidence on the negative health effects, and people were becoming more informed, so the FDA finally did something. So many industries are connected, especially the meat and dairy industries, and with politics added to it, most companies just don't want to deal with it, or care at all to even consider it.
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#7 Old 01-05-2006, 10:00 PM
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some animal derived ingredients have benefits. others are simply in there because it's a rather have it, versus rather not situation. my personal opinion is that yes, money & time investment would make reforumulating some of the most popular brands a big issue. furthermore, there must be overwhelming demand before such a move is taken. in addition, companies are out to serve the majority, not the few.
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