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#1 Old 05-16-2009, 05:59 PM
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I've been veg almost 2 months, and twice I've made this tofu red curry thing using a red curry simmer sauce I bought. Afterward I remembered that fish or oyster sauce is used a lot in Asian food so I looked at the label and there it was- fish sauce I'm so mad! I just forgot to look at the label, and if I had I would have noticed it actually said "contains: fish" below the ingred list. Arrrrgh I was doing so well too. I know I shouldn't feel bad b/c I didn't know, but still it really bothers me. I just felt like I needed to confess, and if anyone had something similar happen to them please share, it might make me feel a little less guilty :-\\
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Aw the thing to always remember is it wasn't intentional. Yea I love creamy soup and since going veg I hadn't noticed until recently Campbells Cream of Broccli has Chicken broth gahh.

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On occasion I would snack on a bowl of dry frosted mini wheats, so so yumtastic and all the different flavors... And then one day on a whim I looked at the ingredient list... gelatin.
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Aw the thing to always remember is it wasn't intentional. Yea I love creamy soup and since going veg I hadn't noticed until recently Campbells Cream of Broccli has Chicken broth gahh.



exactly...



if you're doing this diet for personal purity, that's one thing.

But if you're doing it for the care of animals, it's more the intentions.



I've had unintentional slip ups too.
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On occasion I would snack on a bowl of dry frosted mini wheats, so so yumtastic and all the different flavors... And then one day on a whim I looked at the ingredient list... gelatin.





Oh wow I didn't know about that one, but I don't really eat cereal....why the hell does it need gelatin in it??
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I'm beginning to realize that anything I grew up eating is no longer suitable lol My parents bought a lot of processed foods and garbage...
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Yeah, it sucks, and it happens. To all of us. Don't worry too much about it, just dust yourself off and move on.
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Yeah, it sucks, and it happens. To all of us. Don't worry too much about it, just dust yourself off and move on.



Yup.



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I'm beginning to realize that anything I grew up eating is no longer suitable lol My parents bought a lot of processed foods and garbage...



LOL, i feel this same way. If I ate it as a kid, I need to find a new brand or not eat it
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The other day I had some really delicious fake-chicken nuggets. I ALWAYS check ingredients when in the grocery store, especially if it is something I've never had before, so I honestly don't know what happened with these. I guess I was in a hurry, or got lazy, or took for granted that they were a vegetarian (and I assumed vegan) product. I looked at the package AFTER I ate them, and they have egg whites in them. I was sad
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I just noticed the same thing about frosted shredded wheat the other day! Frosted pop tarts have gelatin in them, but not the unfrosted, so I would guess that the frosting they use in the cereal is the same one they use for the pop tarts, and that that's where the gelatin is.



Still doesn't explain WHY they would put gelatin in the frosting, though... I guess it makes it stick better? Ugh...



Anyway, don't be too hard on yourself. Everyone slips up; all you can do is learn from it and move on.
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Oh wow I didn't know about that one, but I don't really eat cereal....why the hell does it need gelatin in it??



If it were just simple enough to not eat meat instead of having to deal with all these 'hidden' ingredients like gelatin and rennet. Why do so many seemingly veg products have to be ruined by dead animal remains? There are about as many vegetarians as Jews is this country, so why can't we have foods clearly marked "vegetarian" or "vegan" just as kosher foods are clearly marked? Maybe it's time we started speaking up and putting some pressure on our representatives and the food companies to get this done. I would think that even a large number of carnivores would prefer to not have to eat animal remains in non-meat items. I know I'd prefer to just look for a "V" on the product than have to study ingredient lists.
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I know I'd prefer to just look for a "V" on the product than have to study ingredient lists.



Even if there were a 'V', I'm pretty sure I would continue to read ingredient lists. I feel it's important to know what exactly it is that is in your food.
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Even if there were a 'V', I'm pretty sure I would continue to read ingredient lists. I feel it's important to know what exactly it is that is in your food.





Not me. Seriously, if it has the big "V" from the Vegan Society, I'd just throw it in my cart without another thought.

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Not me. Seriously, if it has the big "V" from the Vegan Society, I'd just throw it in my cart without another thought.



I understand I'm a minority. My lifestyle aligns with veganisn, but when it comes to food I'm a little more strict
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I've noticed some Kroger-brand things that are labeled vegetarian on the front. It's not really obvious, they just have this little section where they put 'vegetarian' or 'gluten free' etc. I noticed it on the butter in the fridge the other day, but I know I've seen it on some of their other store-brand stuff, too. I'd probably still ingredient check a little, but I would love to know what foods don't have sneaky things like gelatin hiding in them.
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Oh wow I didn't know about that one, but I don't really eat cereal....why the hell does it need gelatin in it??



I'm assuming it's to stablize the icing. Pop Tarts (the frosted variety) have gelatin in them, too. It seems to be in products with a hard frosting glaze on top.



It makes me sad.

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I'm assuming it's to stablize the icing. Pop Tarts (the frosted variety) have gelatin in them, too. It seems to be in products with a hard frosting glaze on top.



It makes me sad.



If you check in the organic section of certain grocery stores, they have vegetarian pop tarts. They're not as moist? as regular poptarts, but sometimes they do the job. Usually I just stick with unfrosted. I still like them .
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^ I've looked at every store I go to (in the organic and non-organic sections) and can't find frosted brown sugar cinnamon Pop Tarts (of any brand) without gelatin to save my life. It's maddening. I've looked in health food stores, organic groceries, mainstream groceries...everywhere.



I keep meaning to try making my own frosting. I have a box of unfrosted ones in the pantry waiting for experimentation, but I keep putting it off because I don't think the homemade frosting is going to handle being toasted without melting off.

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I was sad when I learned about the Frosted Mini Wheats and Pop Tarts. Even the Trader Joe's brand of Mini Wheats contain gelatin (TJ is usually very veg friendly). I wonder if Kashi is working on something right now. I LOVE the Autumn Wheat, it would be better frosted Pop Tarts are pure junk, so I know I shouldn't be eating them, BUT they were always my fav growing up. I loved the frosted cherry. I'd eat all of the edges, then move on to the frosted part. Natures Path... had it once, thought it was horrible. I haven't seen the frosted kind though, if I find them, I may buy them.
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IIRC, Kelloggs made an organic version of Mini Wheats that didn't have gelatin in them (I assume because it was difficult to find an organic gelatin).
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If I remember correctly, TNS posted a while back that the Kroger brand of Frosted Mini Wheats are vegan.

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i had a major blunder with this recently. i was pretty traumatised, scrubbed myself raw in the shower.lol. now im all pure again !!
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IIRC, Kelloggs made an organic version of Mini Wheats that didn't have gelatin in them (I assume because it was difficult to find an organic gelatin).



I think they stopped making them, if I'm remembering right. I seem to recall looking for them and finding out that they'd be axed from the line. Or maybe I'm confused.



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If I remember correctly, TNS posted a while back that the Kroger brand of Frosted Mini Wheats are vegan.



Now if only I still lived in Ohio. We don't have Kroger here in Illinois.

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I think they stopped making them, if I'm remembering right. I seem to recall looking for them and finding out that they'd be anxed from the line. Or maybe I'm confused.





Oh well there goes that idea



I never really bought them anyways (just once). I prefer Autumn Wheat.
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I've had many slip ups, as well. Not so much as vegetarian, but since I've been vegan for around 2 weeks. Last weekend I was making gardenburgers for myself and bought some vegan cheese, or so I thought. After I was happily eating my delicious meal, I looked at the ingredients...it had casein. :[ The WORST was friday night. My family and I went out to this yummy thai place. I always make sure there is no egg and I got glass noodles as my meal, but stupid me ordered a thai iced tea. I took a big swig and almost puked. I forgot it had cream. :[ I normally get it with soymilk, but just automatically assumed it had it in it. :[ I was so sad.
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If I remember correctly, TNS posted a while back that the Kroger brand of Frosted Mini Wheats are vegan.



Hmmm... we have Ralphs, which I think is a Kroger store. May have to check that out, thanks
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I really wish they would do the special labels Too much trouble maybe? Or they change their ingreds too much and have to deal w/ that, who knows. America sucks
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I think they stopped making them, if I'm remembering right. I seem to recall looking for them and finding out that they'd be axed from the line. Or maybe I'm confused.







Now if only I still lived in Ohio. We don't have Kroger here in Illinois.



Food 4 less is in Illinois and its a kroger store and sells kroger brand items...My Fiancee really likes the Coffee
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I've been trying to buy more and more from the organic foods section. It seems to me that organic packaged foods are more likely to be noted as vegan or vegetarian than not which is awesome.
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