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12/28/12 9:49 A

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I have to agree with IMVEGAN, we live in a world where companies (and people) seem to have made it a hobby to make being vegan difficult. Even the most conscientious label readers will make mistakes. We can strive for perfection all we want, but we're fooling no one but ourselves. Whatever reason one has for being vegan, being vegan isn't about being perfect, it's about doing better.

We shouldn't get on or let others put us on the high horse when it comes to not having a finger in the animal exploitation practices. We at least can hold firm on the claim that we try. When we mess up we're not wrong, at worst, we've been wronged, by a bunch of schmucks.

Sometimes it feels we have more compassion for others than we do ourselves.

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12/28/12 5:50 A

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Libby - there is - PETA emoticon I've find myself checking peta.org more and more these days and hope trust that what they have listed as "vegan safe" is safe.

My biggest struggle, quite frankly, is finding cosmetics that aren't tested on animals. The internet is SO subjective. I found some info saying that Estee Lauder does not test on animals (made me thrilled; I love Estee products) but then read on peta.org that they stopped testing on animals but started again due to some pressure from the China trade.

Hard to keep track of it all! Like I said, I'm getting quite an education. One day at a time. Have a great day all, Pat

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12/27/12 11:16 P

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I hate the way they hide ingredients on labels. I think there should be a social networking movement to name and shame these manufacturers.

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12/27/12 9:35 P

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I think sometimes they make those kind of ingredients hard to find on the label on purpose. I had always used Jiffy Corn Muffin mix for a corn bake recipe. I just recently learned the Jiffy mix also has lard in it.
I donated all the remaining boxes I had on hand to a food drive.
You never know when they are going to sneak in some animal based ingredient. Frustrating.



Edited by: LIVINHEALTHY9 at: 12/27/2012 (21:36)
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12/27/12 7:38 P

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I make my own pie crusts. I know that the store bought ones are easier if you are in a hurry. BUT... If you are concerned about "hidden" ingredients like I am, it is worth taking the extra time. I'm 58 with an aortic aneurysm and high blood pressure. I HAVE to be careful.

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12/27/12 5:17 P

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I know! Right? This is the kind of mistake we have all made..... So frustrating! Live and learn. When I first started, I made so many mistakes. I make less and less now but every once in a while I still do...... I forgive myself and move on. Just remember the choices we make everyday are saving our life and saving the lives of countless animals everyday even when we make mistakes and buy the wrong food additives once in a while.



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12/27/12 11:34 A

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If we lived in the same neighborhood, we might have been standing next to each other in the middle of the aisle reading labels on pie crusts!
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I was shocked by the number of pie crusts that were made with lard. I started my search in the refrigerator case and then went to the freezer section.
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There are some decent choices if you don't mind vegetable shortening for "special occasions"! Look for Mrs. Callender's, Mrs. Smith's, or Oronoque Orchards.
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12/27/12 10:24 A

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I have been cooking vegetarian/vegan for well over 1 year now. My oldest daughter is a vegetarian and my son and his wife are both vegans. I am choosing to 'go vegan' for health reasons. I don't have any health issues but, at the age of 53, don't want to develop any either. With that said, I'm getting an education in label reading. I had bought Pillsbuy ready to use/rolled pie crusts over 6 months ago and left them stored in my freezer. I read all the ingredients on the box to make sure it was vegan friendly. I would SWEAR I never saw the word 'lard' listed on panel. I baked an apple pie this past Christmas using the crusts and announced to everyone it was vegetarian/vegan friendly. Everyone had a slice and everyone enjoyed (I have to admit; it's pretty darn good!) Just yesterday I tracked down the ingredients of the product on the Pillsbury website and in big, bold letters they had listed "Lard". I don't know if they didn't put it on the older boxes of crust or what but I'm wondering why on the website they had those words in bolder letters than the other ingredients had. I felt compelled to check the ingredients on line because I wanted to know how they managed to make a vegan friendly crust so moist! Well now I know.

I'm confessing my mistake here; I think I won't let on that I made such an oversight and know better for the next time.

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