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what are some food that we have to look for! like food that may be not know to a person coming into vegitarianism! pleas help!
 
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foods to look for- do you mean 'things that <i>are</i> vegetarian that you might not know exist?' or 'things that <i>aren't</i> vegetarian that you need to look out for incase you eat them by accident?'....<br><br><br><br>
i'll guess you mean the first thing...<br><br><br><br>
suggesting new things to try is tricky, cos i don't know what you currently eat and know about- for example: if you're greek, have lots of greek friends, or live in a greek area, you'll probably know about all the greek foods thats veggie- if you already eat lots of beans or veggies you'll probably know enough about them, etc. so... generally, i suppose i'd say:<br><br><br><br>
if you still like the taste and texture of meat, you could try fake meats, you'll find them in chillers and freezers in bigger grocery stores and health food stores- there are quite a few different brands and you can get stuff like fake chicken and beef on squewers, fake sandwich meats, pepperoni, bacon, sausages, mince, burgers, ribs, wings, stuff like that (i've never had it, so can't recommend brands) as well as canned mock duck and 'wheat meat' stuff in the asian speciality food section, and you could probably find a tofurky (fake turkey and stuffing) if you look for it, for xmas, if you celebrate that.<br><br><br><br>
tofu is pretty cool too, look in the 'tip of the day' thread in 'new to vegetarianism', and there is a big introduction to it and explaination on how to use it on the first page.<br><br><br><br>
other than that, there are loads of new things you might not know about: tonnes of different beans (in cans are easiest to start with, but they come dried too) and seeds and nuts (nut butters don't just come in peanut- you can get cashewnut butter, hazelnut butter, etc) and fruits and veggies from all over the world that i bet you've not tried yet, and foods from different cultures that you might love- things like hummus (a tangy lemony garlicy chickpea dip) and babaganous (a dip made from eggplants) are good with bread or raw veggies, and lots and lots of indian food is veggie too.<br><br><br><br>
you can make lots of normally non-veggie food veggie friendly too, by changing a few ingredients, so have a look at some of your favourite foods and recipes and see what you can shuffle about (like putting fake pepperoni on a pizza, or using veggie mince in spaggetti bolognase), and look in the recipe section of this site, or get a basic veggie cookery book, and try making some stuff yourself!<br><br><br><br>
there is soooo much you might not know about, so next time you go to the grocery store, try and look around as if you've never seen a grocery store before (sounds silly, but most people just go to the aisles they're used to going to, and pick up what they always have, so don't notice more than 3/4 of the stuff there).<br><br><br><br>
next time you're in an aisle looking at something you normally get, remember to look at the stuff a few rows above and below, and to the sides too, and you might find something really cool- like if you're reaching for the spaggetti like you always do, and look down, you might notice some couscous (teeny tiny pasta dots that looks like seeds and that are lush with stuff like lemon and garlic or spices and raisins mixed into it)- you might have never seen couscous before!<br><br><br><br>
notice all of the different stuff in the stores, read the labels, and if something new looks interesting, give it a go- you might like it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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oh, ok... thats slightly easier, lol:<br><br><br><br>
there are loads of lists about, if you google 'animal ingredients list' they'll all appear- they're all pretty much like these ones below, and although they're long, they include lots of different versions of the same words and things, as well as stuff for vegans that you might not be worried about, like milk and egg ingredients, and things derived from sheeps wool and silk, and things that aren't in food, but that are in makeup and shampoo, etc. you might only want to look at the 'meat based' food ingredients to start with, and work from there as you get the swing of it.<br><br><br><br>
also, seeing some of the things on these lists on something you buy might not always mean they're made from animals and not veggie, as sometimes things are made using synthetic chemical versions of things- so if something contains something from on the list, but says its vegetarian on the packet, you can either buy it and hope they're right, or even better, write down the customer care number phone on the packet, and phone them and check.<br><br><br><br>
example lists:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.ivu.org/faq/animal_derived.html" target="_blank">http://www.ivu.org/faq/animal_derived.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.vegfamily.com/lists/animal-ingredients.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vegfamily.com/lists/animal-ingredients.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
if you're a new veggie, i think they could be a bit overwhelming, so i'd start with the more obvious ones- things that look like real words- like:<br><br><br><br>
-Lard, Dripping, Tallow and Suet (different names for meat fats)- tallow probably won't turn up in food, more likely you'll find it in lipstick (mmmm),<br><br>
-Gelatin (spelt gelatine in england) which is boiled up bones, used in yogurts, jello, lots of candy- especially the chewy stuff, and all kinds of other random foods,<br><br>
-A red food colouring called Carmine (cochineal in england) thats made of squashed bugs that shows up mostly in red and pink things but which could still be in not very red looking things on occasion,<br><br>
-Rennet (its scraped from inside baby cows tummies after they're killed) which is in some cheeses (look for cheese that says 'microbal enzymes' or 'vegetarian' on the packet)<br><br><br><br>
...so yeah, start with a few things like this, and get them sussed, and then work from there.<br><br><br><br>
also, when you eat out, ask whats vegetarian, and look on menus and on cartons in the grocery store, look for a vegetarian logo or symbol next to things, and check ingredients wherever you can (most fast food places have an ingredients list, or a sheet with all their products listed on it, and dots next to them that line up with a chart that says 'contains fish' or 'contains meat', to help people with allergies, at least).<br><br><br><br>
just keep looking, cos meat turns up all over, like:<br><br><br><br>
-mcdonalds fries has a meat ingredient in their flavouring,<br><br>
-chicken and beef stock gets used a lot in 'vegetable' soups,<br><br>
-lots of chinese foods use fish based sauces as a seasoning, (lots of restaurants and companies don't get that fish isn't veggie, so watch out for that!)<br><br>
-worcestershire sauce has anchovies in it (they're a teeny fish) ,<br><br>
-if you eat mexican food things like refried beans often get cooked in animal fats,<br><br>
-lots of food places have beef fat in their milkshakes (YUCK! and the pink strawberry ones probably have beetle juice in them too)<br><br>
-lots of places cook meat on the same grill as veggieburgers, and/or cook fries in the same oil as chicken- (that might or might not bother you)<br><br><br><br>
if you're buying stuff from the grocery store, i'd go with getting lots of nice fruits and veggies and rice and pasta and nuts and beans and stuff like that (less ingredients to read, and healthy) as well as trying to make stuff yourself if its easy, instead of buying it in a packet (work out cheaper too often times!).<br><br><br><br>
also, buy as many things as you can that have just real food words on the ingredients, and not very many weird scientific words and numbers and letters in them. that way, you can work out whats in them easier, and you're not going to be eating so many chemicals either, which is healthier for you. its easier to cook and mash a real potato, to make yourself some mashed potato, than it is to read the back of the packet of instant mashed potato, and try and work out whats actually in it, and if its veggie or not, you know? lol.<br><br><br><br>
erm.... yeah, to sum up, i'd say to start small, learn as you go, and try not to freak so much about emulsifiers and stabilisers and the billions of stupidly long 'mono-dyglicerideblahblahblahblahblahfatty-esters' mysterious sounding words you'll see on packets, just yet.
 

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Veggie_lover, you don't want to eat gelatin. According to dictionary.com, gelatin is "A colorless or slightly yellow, transparent, brittle protein <b>formed by boiling the specially prepared skin, bones, and connective tissue of animals</b>"<br><br>
Gelatin is in Jell-o, some yogurts, marshmallows, etc.<br><br><br><br>
Also, caesar dressing has anchovies in it.<br><br><br><br>
Basically just read labels. There are a lot of "hidden" unnecessary items in food. Many vegetable soups are made with chicken broth.<br><br><br><br>
That's all I can think of off the top of my head right now, sorry.<br><br><br><br>
edit: sorry, I answered this at the same time as hoodedclawjen, so much of my info repeats what she said. And her post is better <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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i might witter on a bit, lol, but you've got the american cultural touch Katherinelynne- i would never have thought to mention stuff like caesar dressing - i've never even had it, but its an important one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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