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#1 Old 04-18-2009, 11:37 AM
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Hey all, I'm new to the boards but have been reading them for awhile. I became a vegetarian in November of last year and am trying to phase out all animal products from my diet.



My question is regarding a frozen dinner. I usually stock up on a few Amy's Indian dinners for when I can't cook, but I recently purchased the Sweet Asian Potstickers (from Healthy Choice) because I love potstickers. I'm trying to figure out where the 5 mg of cholesterol come from. These are the ingredients:



Ingredients: VEGETABLE POTSTICKERS (Filling [cabbage, vermicelli (mung bean, water), baked tofu (tofu [water, whole soybeans, nigari], tamari [water, soybeans, salt, alcohol, wheat], natural flavors, spices), bulgur wheat, precooked rice, water chestnuts, green beans, onions, carrots, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), sesame oil, evaporated cane juice, salt, xanthan gum, spice], wrapper [wheat flour, water, corn starch, soybean and/or canola oil]), COOKED WHOLE GRAIN BROWN RICE, WATER, SUGAR, CARROTS, RED PEPPERS, SAKE, RICE VINEGAR, SCALLIONS, CORN STARCH, WHEAT, SOYBEANS, SPICES, SESAME OIL, GARLIC PUREE, SALT, LOCUST BEAN GUM.

CONTAINS: WHEAT, SOY, SESAME




I usually don't like foods with a long list of ingredients, but I was hoping this one was free of animal derived products. What am I not seeing?



Thanks!
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#2 Old 04-18-2009, 12:08 PM
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I have no idea... ? strange. I can't figure it out either
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#3 Old 04-18-2009, 12:35 PM
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Probably the "natural flavors". I read somewhere once that those can be either plant or animal derivatives.
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#4 Old 04-18-2009, 12:40 PM
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yeah but could that really contribute 5mg of cholesterol?
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#5 Old 04-18-2009, 12:48 PM
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Plants do contain tiny amounts of cholesterol. The sources I have found on the web give the ratio as follows: In plants, 50mg/kg of total lipids, as opposed to 5g/kg in animals.
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#6 Old 04-18-2009, 01:08 PM
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Huh, that's odd. Maybe you should call company and ask. I'm a little curious too, so let us know what you find out!
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#7 Old 04-18-2009, 02:26 PM
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Thanks guys. I just sent them an e-mail - I'll let you know!
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