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Should one assume that when one reads that there is lactic acid in one's foodstuffs that one's foodstuffs are not necessarily vegan?
 

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<a href="http://www.vrg.org/ingredients/index.php#lactic_acid" target="_blank">Lactic acid = typically vegan</a> -- not to be mistaken for lact<i>ose</i>, which is usually not vegan.
 

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O_M_G.<br>
Yes, I check animal ingrediant listing, but this one really slipped me up! I've avoided <i>so</i> many things because of this-it just sound so dairy-ish.<br>
Thank you for that very helpful info!<br><br>
Now tell me how gelatin is usually vegan...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Cheers!<br><br>
I was fairly certain this was milk derived...<br><br>
Now I can eat the single thing that I bought that has it in it...
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Rainbows</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2909831"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Cheers!<br><br>
I was fairly certain this was milk derived...<br><br>
Now I can eat the single thing that I bought that has it in it...</div>
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If I remember my high school biology correctly lactic acid is the byproduct of anaerobic breathing. It sounds like the food you bought has some sort of bacteria culture in it, and this is where the lactic acid comes from. Your muscles also do anaerobic breathing once you deplete your oxygen reserves while doing exercise, the lactic acid produced usually goes to the joints and it is why you feel stiff/sore afterwards. Constant exercise makes your body last longer without going into anaerobic mode, so you can do it for longer without feeling sore.
 

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Well, I made a mistake.<br><br>
Avoid foods with lactic acid...<br><br>
What I ate last night made me feel bloody ill.<br><br><br>
...maybe it's just because I infrequently eat processed foods.<br><br>
Lesson learnt. Avoid processed foods even if you have them only one every few months.
 

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Lactic acid is a product made my animals for the most part, but in industry it is extracted from fermenting bacteria.<br><br>
It is far too impractical and expensive to extract lactic acid from animal's living muscle tissue when it is a cheap byproduct of fermenting bacteria.<br><br>
As a vegan, I pay it little attention.
 
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