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I have been an vegetarian for 2 years now. It seems as if I'm becoming more strict with my eating lifestyle. Currently, the two things that are keeping me from being a vegan is the honey (every now and then) and fish.<br><br>
I'm writing this post because (just as I see that everyone on this board does) I read the ingredients on the back of food labels. I think it's great that we do that but I see that there is a subject matter that doesn't seem to gain as much popularity as I feel as though it should: MSG. There are tons of websites that list quite a bit of foods that are vegetarian/vegan including junk foods but am I the only one who's concerned about purchasing foods that contain MSG as well? I raise this question because I'm starting to do a ton of baking and I've been using earth balance which can get pretty pricey. I have been looking on the internet for alternatives and I see that some vegan/vegetarians are suggesting CRISCO. Although Crisco has an all-vegetable shortening it contains THBQ (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone) -aka butane- which is another name for MSG. I'm reading that it's a preservative and is well know in the fast food and frozen foods industry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:"><br><br>
I just want to know if there are any sites that talk about vegan/vegetarian, non-MSG foods.<br>
AND is there a not so expensive vegetable shortening out there for me to use? I checked out Spectrum's shortening but that's an expensive habit as well.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":help:">
 

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Earth Balance can get a little pricey. Lately my boyfriend has been buying a vegan version of the brand Becel, which is slightly cheaper here. It seems to do just as well in baking.
 

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MSG is pretty much in everything unless a product states it's MSG free. I didn't know that until I read Julieanna Hever's Idiot's guide to Plant Based Nutrtion book<br><br>
I find that anything on the "healthier" sprectum of foods, tends to be pricier.....EB is also non hydrogenated and contains no trans fats, so that in itself makes it a better choice than butter and margarine. I don't have becal around here, I've looked. Spectrum, while I have it, don't care for how hard it is, or how it's harder to incorporate into recipes, unless I use a mixer. there are gives and takes on all of them I guess!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>evolver</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3022975"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
... Currently, the two things that are keeping me from being a vegan is the honey (every now and then) <b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">and fish.</span></b><br></div>
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If you still eat fish you are not a vegetarian...Id be worrying more about giving up that first rather than whats in my butter.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>.Goth-Alice.</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3025248"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If you still eat fish you are not a vegetarian...Id be worrying more about giving up that first rather than whats in my butter.</div>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>.Goth-Alice.</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3025248"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If you still eat fish you are not a vegetarian...Id be worrying more about giving up that first rather than whats in my butter.</div>
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I noticed this too >_<. Fish would definitely be my #1 concern right now, fish definitely isn't vegetarian.
 

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I hate to break it to you...but you're not a vegetarian. Fish is meat.
 

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Smart Balance Light <i>with FLAXSEED oil</i>! It also non hydrogenated, and says vegan on the package. Smart Balance Organic is also vegan, but usually the same price as EB. You can get coupons often for SB, and it's in with the other margarines.<br>
The Best Life (?) margarines in sticks is supposed to be vegan, but I've never found it.<br><br>
I often sub canola or coconut oil for margarine but only 1/2 the amount. Things like applesauce are good replacements for most or all of the oils, in baked goods.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sequoia</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3025593"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I hate to break it to you...but you're not a vegetarian. Fish is meat.</div>
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She's an evolver-not quite there yet!
 

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I can say with certainty that monosodium glutamate (MSG) and <i>tert</i>-Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) are not even remotely the same chemical.<br><br>
I don't avoid those things because they don't come from animals, I don't see any ethical problems with eating them occasionally, and I haven't seen any convincing evidence that they are harmful to human health in small quantities. I don't use Crisco, Earth Balance, or Smart Balance due to the palm oil and environmental/ethical issues involved, though.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>silva</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3025599"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
She's an evolver-not quite there yet!</div>
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<div class="quote-block"><b>I have been an vegetarian for 2 years now.</b> It seems as if I'm becoming more strict with my eating lifestyle. <b>Currently, the two things that are keeping me from being a vegan is the honey (every now and then) and fish</b>.</div>
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Although there's a lot of hype about msg because it's "a chemical", I've never heard of any actual research that shows it's particullarly bad for you.<br><br>
Although in the UK, I am pretty sure it is rare to find food with MSG in it. I've never noticed it.
 

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oh yeah....lots bad for you with the MSG...Julieanna HEver has a nice section in her book Idiot's Guide To Plant Based Nutrition.....I'll have to go get the book, and post back later, but I'll fill you in, and what foods are msg with different names!
 

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No, I'm not vegetarian for my health. I don't worry about MSG, but I definitely don't eat any meat. Fish aren't sea vegetables, and to be a member here you have to not be eating any meat (including fish!), or at least be making a big effort to completely remove meat from your diet very soon.
 

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As many of the responders have said, please do not discuss eating fish on Veggieboards, as we do not consider fish to be vegetarian.<br><br>
Why are you concerned with MSG? Do you have a sensitivity to it? It seems like worrying about ingredients like this is an independent concern from vegetarianism/veganism.
 
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