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Hello, I am not a vegetarian. I would like to be, and my eating habits have been changing for the better. I grew up in a family that didnt eat healthy, and I am trying very hard to introduce healthy fruits and vegetables into my diet. I still eat beef and poultry, and some fish (trying to avoid fish that are on the seafood watch list).<br><br>
I love animals, and would like to stop eating them. Going cold turkey would probably be the best way to go, but that just isnt going to work for me or my family. They really share no interest in becoming vegetarian. I also tend to get overwhelmed and fail if I take on too many changes at once, so I have decided to gradually change my eating habits.<br><br>
My first step has been avoiding pork. I have been avoiding all the obvious foods, ham, bacon, ect... But I just realized that pork lard is another thing I should avoid as well. Does anyone know how widely used pork lard is? Or if there are hidden pork products I should be aware of? Or is there a book that might be sort of a guide to what animal products are in foods when you eat out. I go out to eat quite often.<br><br><br><br>
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You should be careful of canned beans, for one. There's often some sort of pork in there. Also, store-bought pie-crusts may use lard instead of vegetable shortening.
 

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I never would have thought of that, exactly the type of info I was after! I hope they are required to put that info on the cans.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
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I never would have thought of that, exactly the type of info I was after! I hope they are required to put that info on the cans.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Thankyou for replying <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I know that Bush's makes <i>Vegetarian</i> Baked Beans that contain no pork products. My bf has been eating them for years and loves them more than the regular ones. The ingredients are: Prepared White Beans, Water, Brown Sugar, Sugar, Tomato Paste, Salt, Corn Starch, Mustard, Onion Powder, Spices, Extractive Of Paprika, Garlic Powder, And Natural Flavor. Not sure what the natural flavor is though.<br><br><br><br>
Also be careful of store bought or retaurant soups. Even the vegetable ones often have a meat broth. And once I ordered potato soup at a cafe and it had tiny ham chunks in it, which wasn't listed on the menu, but I assume that's not a typical occurance.
 

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Definitely agree with the soup-watch. Especially pea-soup. I have yet to find one that doesn't have at least lard in it, if not chunks of ham.
 

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Some Mexican restaurants use lard in their refried beans, too. (Taco Bell, though, does not.)<br><br><br><br>
I think the Vegetarian Resource Group has a publication or web listing of what is vegetarian and what is not at various restaurants.<br><br><br><br>
If you go out to eat a lot, couldn't you just choose vegetarian items? It wouldn't be affecting your family any.
 

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On packaged foods, check to see if they're labeled as Kosher. Eating pork is against the Jewish religion, so this is an easy way to tell if there's no pork. Of course, it could still have other animal products...<br><br><br><br>
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Definitely agree with the soup-watch. Especially pea-soup. I have yet to find one that doesn't have at least lard in it, if not chunks of ham.</div>
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Some Mexican restaurants use lard in their refried beans, too. (Taco Bell, though, does not.)</div>
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Yayyy!!! I always thought Taco Bell used lard in their stuff. Good news for me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Thanks for all the replies. I have run into pork surprises, with soup and potato salad. I also bit into what looked like a delicious veggie pizza at a birthday party, only to find out it wasn't <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
I will look into the vegetarian resource publication that cftwo noted. The kosher suggestion is very good too.<br><br>
I do try to eat vegetarian when I eat out, but they don't always make it easy. I am fortunate that I live in an area, where there are several salad restaurants and juice bars. Recently I went to visit my parents who live in a more rural farm area, and there weren't alot of choices.<br><br>
I should probably just learn to cook better, then hopefully I will know what I am eating. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Lol , I have also managed to keep my family away from certain fast food establishments, which might have less healthier choices., since I got them to sit down and watch 'Supersize Me' several months ago. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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