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So, I went to Kroger's yesterday with my family. I noticed that their breads said "vegan" on the label. However, when I looked at the ingredients, it had all these weird (chemical) names that you can't even pronounce.<br><br>
My question is: Do you trust the "vegan" label that you see on packages of your local grocery store?
 

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If they're going to put "vegan" on the label, they're probably going to want to stay true to that for fear of being sued for false advertisement. However, just because it's vegan doesn't mean it's healthy. I avoid stuff with long, unpronounceable lists. I care about animals, but I care about my own health, too.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ecl23</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2857903"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
My question is: Do you trust the "vegan" label that you see on packages of your local grocery store?</div>
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Yes. Stores/companies want to cover their asses, and labeling something as vegan/dairy free when it isn't could be a <i>huge</i> liability risk.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ecl23</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2857903"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
My question is: Do you trust the "vegan" label that you see on packages of your local grocery store?</div>
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Yes, I do.<br><br>
I also trust food servers at restaurants when they tell me something is vegan.<br>
I know people aren't always trustworthy, but I think it's better to live in a way that is trusting of others than to live suspiscious of everyone.
 

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Not really... I looked at a pack of "chow mein" sauce at the grocery the other day, it said "suitable for vegetarians and vegans" - I checked the ingredients anyway, and it contained chicken bouillon and chicken meat... Meh... In case of numbers and chemicals I usually take a chance and then look it up for the next time.
 

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Yes, if something's labeled vegan I trust that. I might take a quick look at the ingredients anyway, but unless it contained something obviously unvegan (which I've never seen happen) I wouldn't worry.<br><br>
I trust servers at restaurants too if they tell me something is vegan. I can only do my best by asking; if it appears to be vegan and they tell me it is, then for me that's enough.
 

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There isn't a lot of labeling of food as 'vegan' in australia as yet but if it does says suitable for us, i usually trust it. Like another poster said though, i still check out the ingredients list.<br><br>
as far as restaurants go, i'm more wary.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ecl23</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2857903"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
So, I went to Kroger's yesterday with my family. I noticed that their breads said "vegan" on the label. However, when I looked at the ingredients, it had all these weird (chemical) names that you can't even pronounce.<br><br>
My question is: Do you trust the "vegan" label that you see on packages of your local grocery store?</div>
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"Vegan" simply means "No products derived from animals." It doesn't mean "super fresh organic GMO free superfood". It's possible to be vegan and eat nothing but junk food. We shouldn't try to expand labels to fit new definitions that don't apply to them.<br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mrs. T</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2857932"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If they're going to put "vegan" on the label, they're probably going to want to stay true to that for fear of being sued for false advertisement. However, just because it's vegan doesn't mean it's healthy. I avoid stuff with long, unpronounceable lists. I care about animals, but I care about my own health, too.</div>
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According to <a href="http://www.theveganrd.com/2011/02/healthy-vegan-diets-can-include-meat-analogues.html" target="_blank">a recent article by Ginny Messina</a>, a vegan diet with some processed foods can still be quite healthy.
 

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Most of the time yes.
 

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It depends on the company. If it's a company like Amy's or Boca that's known for catering to the veg*n community and knows what they're talking about, then I trust them. But Kroger's brand? I'd check the ingredients list myself, and probably trust it if there was nothing obviously non-vegan. If you're just worried about the unpronounceable ingredients, then you're probably safe. If you're really worried, you can look up each and every ingredient on the internet to see what it is.<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Josh James xVx</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2858168"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
"Vegan" simply means "No products derived from animals." It doesn't mean "super fresh organic GMO free superfood". It's possible to be vegan and eat nothing but junk food. We shouldn't try to expand labels to fit new definitions that don't apply to them.<br><br><br>
According to <a href="http://www.theveganrd.com/2011/02/healthy-vegan-diets-can-include-meat-analogues.html" target="_blank">a recent article by Ginny Messina</a>, a vegan diet with some processed foods can still be quite healthy.</div>
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Processed food is a broad term. Amy's gluten free, dairy free mac 'n' cheeze is a processed product but I'd still consider it relatively healthy. Obviously nothing beats fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains, but these types of products can still be included in the diet and still be considered healthy.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ecl23</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2857903"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
So, I went to Kroger's yesterday with my family. I noticed that their breads said "vegan" on the label. However, when I looked at the ingredients, it had all these weird (chemical) names that you can't even pronounce.<br><br>
My question is: Do you trust the "vegan" label that you see on packages of your local grocery store?</div>
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Yes.
 

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It depends on the company. If it's a company like Amy's or Boca that's known for catering to the veg*n community and knows what they're talking about, then I trust them. But Kroger's brand? I'd check the ingredients list myself, and probably trust it if there was nothing obviously non-vegan. If you're just worried about the unpronounceable ingredients, then you're probably safe. If you're really worried, you can look up each and every ingredient on the internet to see what it is.<br><br>
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I agree if it's an Amy's brand then I trust it but I wouldn't trust a store brand or a brand I was unfamiliar with. Also, I wouldn't buy something with "weird (chemical) names that you can't even pronounce", I don't care if it is vegan I'm not going to eat it.
 

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I thought this thread was going to be about whether there should be a widespread effort to get a "Vegan" label on every vegan product. I was going to say, even better, let's get a mandatory "Non-Vegan" label, along with warnings about saturated fat, cholesterol, etc. on non-vegan items. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Ha, I don't think we'll be seeing that one anytime soon...<br><br>
Do I trust the Vegan label? If it's a trusted company, yep. I usually scan the label anyway, I guess it's just habit now. If it's a company I'm not sure of, I definitely scan the label, if nothing stands out as non-vegan, I trust it.
 

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I'm in the habit of reading ingredients on everything, and cause of a stomach issue I have even if something is vegan doesn't mean I can eat it.<br>
If its a brand I trust (as mentioned amys, yves, ect) if it says vegan I'll trust it, but if not I'll give it a quick scan.
 

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I'd trust it, I've never heard of, or had, an experience in the UK where something is labeled vegan and then wasn't. It seems unlikley it would happen to me, because the ingrediants are there by law, and if they have something not vegan in them it would be obvious and they would face legal problems.<br><br>
I often read the ingrediants to see what's in it anyway, but not because I don't trust the label.
 

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Everything on the label is required by law to be accurate. The problem is that the US government doesn't have a legal definition for the words "vegan" or "vegetarian".<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Fromper</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2858779"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Everything on the label is required by law to be accurate. The problem is that the US government doesn't have a legal definition for the words "vegan" or "vegetarian".<br><br>
--Fromper<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:"></div>
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The U.S. government isn't really directly responsible for producing or packaging food, though.
 

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The U.S. government isn't really directly responsible for producing or packaging food, though.</div>
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My point is that you can't sue the food companies for mislabeling something as vegan if it's not, because the courts won't know whether or not it really is vegan. They don't have a standard definition to go by. For instance, the US government doesn't consider gelatin to be "meat", so companies could label foods with gelatin as vegetarian or vegan, and you couldn't sue them for violating truth in packaging laws.<br><br>
On the other hand, I think most companies that have that sort of optional labeling wouldn't bother if they were completely clueless, so there's a good chance they actually know the difference and are telling the truth.<br><br>
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If its from a reputable company, yes (ie I always trust Wegmans). I have have found "vegan" products that had honey.<br><br>
I don't generally trust restaurant employees, I have to constantly correct employees on food ingredients, and many of them don't take time to read the little allergen thing for a customer. Most of them wouldn't take the time to check out a food concern, unless someone said "If you feed x to me, I will die."
 
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