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I am new to this whole idea, so I had a few questions about what vegetarians should or shouldn't eat:<br><br><br><br>
Are french fries/onion rings/etc (from fast food chains) acceptable?<br><br>
What about sodas, such as diet pepsi and such?<br><br>
Also, what about plain biscuits and english muffins from fast food joints?<br><br><br><br><br><br>
My family mostly eats out at fast food chains, thats why I was concerned.<br><br><br><br>
Thank you.
 

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Nobody should eat fast food, vegetarian or otherwise. That stuff will kill you.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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Sodas are vegetarian, as far as I know.<br><br><br><br>
With things like fries and onion rings, the basic ingredients are vegetarian, but some may be fried in animal fat or use beef or chicken flavoring from animals. To be sure, you need to get information from the particular business - many have websites you can check for ingredients.<br><br><br><br>
And, I agree with Fromper - best to stay away from that stuff as much as you can. Read <i>Fast Food Nation</i> or rent <i>Supersize Me</i>. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Vegetarian = no meat<br><br>
Vegan (diet) = no meat or any other animal products such as milk, eggs etc.<br><br><br><br>
Everything you listed is vegetarian, but might not be vegan depending on where you get them. I know the fries at Wendy's are vegan.<br><br><br><br>
Also, if you eat out a lot, Taco Bell and Subway are your best bet. Taco Bell uses vegetable oil, so if you get anything without meat (substitute beans) it's vegetarian, if you get anything without meat (sub beans) cheese and sour cream then it's vegan. Subway has 2 options. Either a Veggie Max (veggie patty - not vegan) or a Veggie Delight on white bread, no cheese w/ sweet onion sauce.
 

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Some places are ok with french fries, others aren't. Find out if the places fry with 100% vegetable oil and whether or not they use the same vats to fry meats in. Muffins and other breads are usually ok for lacto-ovo vegetarians, but if they grill them on the same grill with the meat, they aren't. Sodas are almost always suitable, but they aren't good for you, regardless.<br><br><br><br>
Best thing to do is to try to persuade your family out of eating so much fast food. It certainly can't be easy on your parents' wallets or anybody's health. If you're still stuck eating out, here are some threads with some ideas:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=47169&highlight=restaurant" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ght=restaurant</a><br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=50226&highlight=restaurant" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ght=restaurant</a><br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=66447&highlight=restaurant" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ght=restaurant</a><br><br><br><br>
The Vegetarian Resource Group also has a restaurant guide available on their website (I think it's $6) that you can order and have sent to you. Their website is <a href="http://www.vrg.org" target="_blank">www.vrg.org</a><br><br><br><br>
Something to keep in mind with these guides is that ingredients and menu items can vary from region to region or state to state (sometimes even city to city), so if you are in doubt, find out ahead of time. Email the company in question or call ahead and ask a manager if you can. If you can't find out ahead of time, ask your waiter/waitress questions about ordering or ask for a manager/supervisor.<br><br><br><br>
These might also be of interest:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.happycow.net" target="_blank">www.happycow.net</a><br><br><a href="http://www.vegdining.com" target="_blank">www.vegdining.com</a>
 

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eating a lot of fast food is not good for you!<br><br><br><br>
I would suggest that you sit down with your family and talk about changing your eating habits...perhaps it is a time issue and you could offer to step up and help with the dinner prep.
 

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Hi, and welcome!<br><br><br><br>
Congrats on your switch to veg*nism.<br><br><br><br>
Do you really need to be eating fast food? It's horrible for your body. But, if you must, take the advice from others. You can check out the ingredients for most foods on the chain's website. I think McDonalds fires (and someone please correct me if I am wrong) have beef flavoring in them.
 

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Megan:<br><br><br><br>
1) French Fries from the majority of fast food joints are vegetarian. McDonald's french fries use beef in the flavoring, so they are not.<br><br><br><br>
2) Your mainstream sodas are vegetarian. Some red sodas might contain carmine, which comes from beetles. Most I've seen use a coal-derived red food coloring.<br><br><br><br>
3) There's a remote chance -- very remote -- that biscuits contain lard. Usually, they're made with vegetable shortening. You will need to ask a manager at the fast food joint of choice or write the company to find out. Most mainstream joints don't use lard anymore. If dairy is an issue for you, you'll want to avoid biscuits and English muffins. Otherwise, they're vegetarian.
 
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