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I'm a vegetarian at the moment, and I really want to go vegan but I am finding it quite hard for various reasons. I have thought about gradually phasing out dairy and egg products, but there are SO many products with these in. I'm probably just not used to knowing what products are vegan or not. I don't really have any staples that I know about.<br><br>
I've started buying cartons of Oatly, and dairy free butter etc, and reducing my consumption of things I know aren't vegan; but I don't know many alternatives. I'm not sure what products/brands which are vegan are out there. I have looked on Google for a list of brands and products which are vegan but I'm only seeming to be shown American sites and items. Most things on the list I don't even recognise!<br><br>
So I was wondering if there is any one here who would be able to link me to a list of british brands or products which would act as an easy guide to do my shopping!<br><br>
Basically, a British version of this: <a href="http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/Accidentally-Vegan.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.peta.org/living/vegetaria...lly-Vegan.aspx</a><br><br>
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I dont think any such list exists. It'd be massive anyway, theres a vegan replacement (usually accidentally) of almost everything.<br>
However if you list a few things you are looking for alternatives of, im sure us Brits can help you out.
 

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Buy a copy of the Animal Free Shopper, which is published by The Vegan Society, and contains hundreds of different products which have been declared as being vegan. It costs about £5. Alternatively, you can browse The Vegan Society's website for products as well.
 

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I would just start reading labels on everything you buy. It's a pain but after a while you can skim a whole label in 5 seconds...plus it's good to know what you're putting in your body, vegan or not. There's some phone apps for animal products now too so u can look things up @ the grocery store if you aren't sure.<br><br>
Eating more whole foods and less pre-packaged stuff helped me out when I switched. If you make it yourself you know it's vegan <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> It gets easier too as you learn which products are/aren't vegan.<br><br>
sorry I wasn't more help :/
 

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Thankyou everyone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I've bought a copy of the animal free shopper, should be arriving tomorrow.<br><br>
I already read the back of packets to see whats in them, but it's hard knowing what some of the names are derived from - I end up having to google most of the names to figure out what they actually are! haha.<br><br>
I think my question is answered, so thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I'll see how the animal free shopper book works out for me and I'll ask again if I get confused!<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Erikaa</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3102933"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I already read the back of packets to see whats in them, but it's hard knowing what some of the names are derived from - I end up having to google most of the names to figure out what they actually are! haha.</div>
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Some stores are better at labelling their products as suitable for vegans than others. For example, the Coop tends to print "suitable for vegetarians and vegans" on their wine. I also like Waitrose and Sainsbury because they have many vegan products.<br><br>
Also, sometimes you can infer that a product is vegan even if it doesn't say explicitly. For example, there are certain tortilla wraps that are labelled "suitable for vegetarians", but it doesn't say anything about vegans. Often the only questionable ingredient is diglycerides/fatty acids/E471/E472, but since we know the product is suitable for vegetarians it will also be suitable for vegans since these particular ingredients are either vegan or non-vegetarian.
 

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^^ ^^<br><br>
I think you mean E471/E472 don't you, Indian Summer? I don't think E371/E372 actually exist.
 

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which is published by The Vegan Society<br><img alt="" src="http://www.slowliving.info/song3.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><img alt="" src="http://www.slowliving.info/song2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><img alt="" src="http://www.bookunion.org/14.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><img alt="" src="http://www.bookunion.org/2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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^^ ^^<br><br>
I think you mean E471/E472 don't you, Indian Summer? I don't think E371/E372 actually exist.</div>
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Ah yes, sorry about that. Thanks! I'll edit my post to avoid confusion.
 

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As a rule...I tend to ignore PETA lists.<br>
They have a 'who tests on animals' list. Most of which is utter BS. Sorry.<br>
As for food....there are a load of things that I keep happily discovering are Vegan...Try checking out this thread:<br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/showthread.php?130490-Product-thread" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/sh...Product-thread</a><br><br>
If you find something youre not sure of, post it here, someone is bound to know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Erikaa</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3102225"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I'm a vegetarian at the moment, and I really want to go vegan but I am finding it quite hard for various reasons. I have thought about gradually phasing out dairy and egg products, but there are SO many products with these in. I'm probably just not used to knowing what products are vegan or not. I don't really have any staples that I know about.<br><br>
I've started buying <b>cartons of Oatly</b>, and dairy free butter etc, and reducing my consumption of things I know aren't vegan; but I don't know many alternatives. I'm not sure what products/brands which are vegan are out there. I have looked on Google for a list of brands and products which are vegan but I'm only seeming to be shown American sites and items. Most things on the list I don't even recognise!<br><br>
So I was wondering if there is any one here who would be able to link me to a list of british brands or products which would act as an easy guide to do my shopping!<br><br>
Basically, a British version of this: <a href="http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/Accidentally-Vegan.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.peta.org/living/vegetaria...lly-Vegan.aspx</a><br><br>
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<br><b>Oatly products are fabulous</b>. I always have a few cartons of milk and cream on hand.<br><br>
What kind of food products do you buy on a weekly basis ? The less processed stuff you buy, the easier it is to go vegan.<br><br>
I find if difficult to substitute eggs and cheese and still haven't found vegan cheeses that I really like. I have ordered some from Redwoods but don't really eat very much. I really do miss a good farmhouse cheddar.
 

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When I first started buying Oatly I hated it, it just felt a bit odd in my mouth. But I love it now!<br><br>
I tend to eat more processed things shamefully :/ But I'm trying to home cook things more - it's just time that is a big factor in it. I used to have a lot of the Quorn meals, so I was wondering whether there are any common alternatives to those kind of things?<br><br>
The animal free shopper arived today so I'll be having a looksee!
 

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Instead of Quorn products, I buy other meat-free things. Generic store-brand mince is vegan (at least, it is in tesco, asda and sainsbury's). Then I'll usually keep linda mccartney pies (the beef and onion ones) and sausages in the freezer, because they make fairly quick and easy meals. If you have a Holland and Barratt near you with a fridge/freezer section, then you should have access to some awesome burgers and other things (Redwoods and Fry's).<br><br>
As for accidentally vegan... a lot of biscuits are, and a good 60% of crisps (some walker's flavours, chipsticks, non-cheesy doritoes... and pringles actually say vegan on the can if they are). Some varieties of pot noodle (the chow mein one, I think, and some others), as well as some other instant noodles. A lot of cereals. Bird's custard out of a jar if you make it with soymilk (but not out of a packet). A lot of bread products - jus roll do a pain au chocolat thing where you can cut them off and cook them. Those are vegan. Hummus. Asda's light salad cream. Tinned spaghetti.<br><br>
I could do this all day, this is just some of the stuff from my cupboard.<br><br>
The way I learned to read labels was like this: does it say vegan? if no, does it say vegetarian? if yes, does it list milk and/or eggs as an allergen? if no, scan the ingredients for honey and anything else you know isn't vegan. If there's anything you're unsure about, put the product back and write the ingredient down to check later. If it's all clear, buy and nom. It seems complicated, but once you learn which products are good you stop needing to do it, and doing it this way weeds out anything non-vegan pretty quickly.
 

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When I first started buying Oatly I hated it, it just felt a bit odd in my mouth. But I love it now!<br><br>
I tend to eat more processed things shamefully :/ But I'm trying to home cook things more - it's just time that is a big factor in it. I used to have a lot of the Quorn meals, so I was wondering whether there are any common alternatives to those kind of things?<br><br><b>The animal free shopper</b> arived today so I'll be having a looksee!</div>
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Is it the 2008 edition tht is also on sale on amazon.co.uk ?
 

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Oh! Thankyou <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I have a few linda mccarney things in my freezer from quite a while ago, but didnt even realise some of them were totally vegan! I must have a check. Thanks so much, AeryFairy, great advice!<br><br>
Shyvas, yeah it is! Is that bad? I'm guessing it's just a little out of date
 

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Oh! Thankyou <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I have a few linda mccarney things in my freezer from quite a while ago, but didnt even realise some of them were totally vegan! I must have a check. Thanks so much, AeryFairy, great advice!<br><br>
Shyvas, yeah it is! Is that bad? <b>I'm guessing it's just a little out of date</b></div>
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That was my N° 1 concern but I still ordered it. Amazon marketplace sells it for 1 P.<br><br>
It'll still come in handy when I pop over to the UK. Moreover it will support the Vegan Society to spread the good word. LOL
 

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Instead of Quorn products, I buy other meat-free things. Generic store-brand mince is vegan (at least, it is in tesco, asda and sainsbury's). Then I'll usually keep linda mccartney pies (the beef and onion ones) and sausages in the freezer, because they make fairly quick and easy meals. If you have a Holland and Barratt near you with a fridge/freezer section, then you should have access to some awesome burgers and other things (Redwoods and Fry's).<br><br>
As for accidentally vegan... a lot of biscuits are, and a good 60% of crisps (some walker's flavours, chipsticks, non-cheesy doritoes... and pringles actually say vegan on the can if they are). Some varieties of pot noodle (the chow mein one, I think, and some others), as well as some other instant noodles. A lot of cereals. Bird's custard out of a jar if you make it with soymilk (but not out of a packet). A lot of bread products - jus roll do a pain au chocolat thing where you can cut them off and cook them. Those are vegan. Hummus. Asda's light salad cream. Tinned spaghetti.<br><br>
I could do this all day, this is just some of the stuff from my cupboard.<br><br>
The way I learned to read labels was like this: does it say vegan? if no, does it say vegetarian? if yes, does it list milk and/or eggs as an allergen? if no, scan the ingredients for honey and anything else you know isn't vegan. If there's anything you're unsure about, put the product back and write the ingredient down to check later. If it's all clear, buy and nom. It seems complicated, but once you learn which products are good you stop needing to do it, and doing it this way weeds out anything non-vegan pretty quickly.</div>
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Great list!<br><br>
I have some more things listed here: <a href="http://squeakycleanveganbean.blogspot.com/2011/05/supermarket-sweep.html" target="_blank">http://squeakycleanveganbean.blogspo...ket-sweep.html</a> (cheap vegan items readily available in supermarkets).<br><br>
Post about chain restaurants: <a href="http://squeakycleanveganbean.blogspot.com/2011/02/out-and-about.html" target="_blank">http://squeakycleanveganbean.blogspo...and-about.html</a><br><br>
Vegan speciality foods (quiche, cheesecake, marshmallows etc)- <a href="http://squeakycleanveganbean.blogspot.com/2011/01/10-things-you-thought-vegans-couldnt_30.html" target="_blank">http://squeakycleanveganbean.blogspo...ouldnt_30.html</a><br><br><br>
Hope that helps somewhat. It is a very exciting journey! I loved starting out and trying out all the new things!<br><br>
Also for things like cosmetics and toiletries superdrug and lush are good, I have a post about vegan make up in the UK here: <a href="http://squeakycleanveganbean.blogspot.com/2011/05/maquillage.html" target="_blank">http://squeakycleanveganbean.blogspo...aquillage.html</a><br><br>
I also have some pretty extensive posts on vegan easter treats (chocolate easter bunnies/ eggs).
 

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Instead of Quorn products, I buy other meat-free things. Generic store-brand mince is vegan (at least, it is in tesco, asda and sainsbury's). Then I'll usually keep linda mccartney pies (the beef and onion ones) and sausages in the freezer, because they make fairly quick and easy meals. If you have a Holland and Barratt near you with a fridge/freezer section, then you should have access to some awesome burgers and other things (Redwoods and Fry's).<br><br>
As for accidentally vegan... a lot of biscuits are, and a good 60% of crisps (some walker's flavours, chipsticks, non-cheesy doritoes... and pringles actually say vegan on the can if they are). Some varieties of pot noodle (the chow mein one, I think, and some others), as well as some other instant noodles. A lot of cereals. Bird's custard out of a jar if you make it with soymilk (but not out of a packet). A lot of bread products - jus roll do a pain au chocolat thing where you can cut them off and cook them. Those are vegan. Hummus. Asda's light salad cream. Tinned spaghetti.<br><br>
I could do this all day, this is just some of the stuff from my cupboard.<br><br><b>The way I learned to read labels was like this: does it say vegan? if no, does it say vegetarian? if yes, does it list milk and/or eggs as an allergen? if no, scan the ingredients for honey and anything else you know isn't vegan. If there's anything you're unsure about, put the product back and write the ingredient down to check later. If it's all clear, buy and nom. It seems complicated, but once you learn which products are good you stop needing to do it, and doing it this way weeds out anything non-vegan pretty quickly.</b></div>
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I want to hug this post....Excellent advice, bolded by me.
 

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The way I learned to read labels was like this: does it say vegan? if no, does it say vegetarian? if yes, does it list milk and/or eggs as an allergen? if no, scan the ingredients for honey and anything else you know isn't vegan. If there's anything you're unsure about, put the product back and write the ingredient down to check later. If it's all clear, buy and nom. It seems complicated, but once you learn which products are good you stop needing to do it, and doing it this way weeds out anything non-vegan pretty quickly.</div>
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The annoying thing is that ingredients can be changed at any time so I find it easier to read labels. You can send an email to supermarkets and they will send you their vegan lists and guarantee they will be vegan until a certain date.
 

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The Vegan Society should advertise the Animal Free Shopper here on Veggieboards, because, seemingly, a lot of UK vegans here on this board don't seem to know about it. It's a very handy book to refer to, and it has been published for quite some years now, so, it should be better known.
 
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