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11/18/09 11:18 P

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In regards to gelatin in yogurt (I apologize if someone already clarified this) it depends on the brand and not the flavor. No fat often likely to have gelatin because it is harder to thicken it since more of the milkfat is gone. But yeah brands like Stoney farm (stone farm?) tend not to have gelatin but all of the mainstream brands that I have checked out do have gelatin.

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11/18/09 10:42 P

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oh no! Love that stuff!

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speaking of anchovies...they are in worscheshire sauce as well.

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11/18/09 5:35 A

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A lot of Hostess snack cakes contain beef fat. Man was I sad when I read the back of the box of the 100 calorie pack strawberry cakes! Why does a strawberry cake need beef fat?! Surely there is a non-animal derived ingredient that would provide the necessary creaminess!

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11/17/09 4:36 P

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This is a great thread and I enjoy reading the posts. I have not fully converted to being a vegetarian so I'm basically just eating less meat and right now I don't eat meat on 2-3 days a week. The posts have helped me decide what not to eat and what to eat. Keep the threads coming. You vegetarians and vegans ROCK because you have been a tremendous help to me!!!

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Yeah it shocked me too. We bought some Kraft real mayo today and it's fine.

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Wow, Mayo? I didn't expect that one. I've never checked the ingredients on that, but I usually buy Hellman's so I hope its fine.

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11/16/09 1:02 P

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Junior mints. :(

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Morning star burger patties. Found out some of them do contain egg. Not cool.

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Some store brand mayo can have anchovies in it! I just looked at the one my mom picked up yesterday and it has anchovies in it. Needless to say I wont being eating that brand anymore.

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Why all the apologizing? Don't let anyone derail you from being active. I believe that should be part of the focus. The other part is verifying what has been said sometimes its easy, sometimes its not. Dissent should always be welcome as long as it is done respectfully.

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Sarah
I'm sorry that you feel that way. I know that I may said things that made it look unfriendly and I'm sorry. But it is'nt normally like this and we are very supportive. Welcome to the team ans to SP!

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sarah.
this is a just for fun thread. you will find a lot of good information and support here for all people tring to become vegitarian, vegan or just eat less meat.

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11/16/09 12:32 A

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Weight Watchers beans and rice has chicken fat!
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Hi SarahSally,

Mostly it's not like this. Most people are very supportive, so don't give up. But of course, people are human, which is what seems to be going on here.

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Gosh, I am new here, but this doesn't seem to be a good place. I thought SP was about sharing information, not condemning. May have to re-think this place..or at least this part of it.

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11/15/09 11:09 P

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I am not chastising you. Sorry you felt that way.

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There is No sugar that is processed with bone char that is considered vegetarian. That is the same as saying "Even though they fry french fries and chicken in the same fryer, the fries will still be considered vegetarian." Please go to wikipedia.com and read the articles on rennet. Especially read the paragraphs on vegetable rennet.

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Thanks for this blog. Very interesting. I find Chinese Restaurants to be notorious for putting pork into their "vegetarian" menu items. And of course the chicken fat they use. I gave up on Chinese Restaurants years ago. But I still loved Thai Restaurants and am so sad they sneak Oyster Sauce, (and etc.) into everything.

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11/15/09 9:04 P

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Marshmallow fluff usually doesn’t have gelatin in it. And there are vegetarian gelatins. I know I have seen vegetarian marshmallows, and Jello-like dessert mixes at natural food stores. And I know there is an all natural Fluff I’ve seen at Natural foods stores. Whether these use conventional sugar I do not know. Also, if you are adverse to gelatin look at cream cheese, many of them have it.

I work in the food industry. Not ALL cheese is made with animal rennet. Quite a few cheeses are starting to be made without animal derived rennet/coagulant, but I would presume any cheese from a fast food or chain restaurant is made with animal rennet unless you can find it stated on their website. Even then you cannot be 100% sure. I have a customer that uses Tillamook cheddar and that is what is on their menu but sometimes it is not available, so they buy another, similar cheddar from me.

Most traditional cheeses are made with animal rennet which is why I am not a true vegetarian. Even after I learned about rennet, probably 25 years ago, I still ate cheese and considered myself a vegetarian. I love Parmigiano Reggiano - real Parmesan from the Parma region of Italy (that has a history going back to as early as the 1300’s); Gruyere (dates back to 1650); many French cheeses and even some newer artisanal American cheeses, too much to never have them. I have gotten mellow in my old age and believe perfection is not required. When I was a kid the husband of the choir director from the church my family went to was a vegetarian. Once they came over to our house and we went to a cook out. He ate a HAMBURGER! I was shocked (I was not a “vegetarian” at the time. He said “It’s the rule not the exception that makes the man.” I guess that has always stuck with me. But, I have not eaten meat, pork or poultry for over 30 years and can’t imagine I ever will.

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11/15/09 8:25 P

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I don't consider geletin in the same category as milk and eggs. I always considered myself a vegetarian, but when I found out what geletin was I sure didn't want to eat it anymore. People don't understand why my kids don't want to eat marshmallows.

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11/15/09 7:37 P

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I understand you to a point as well but I wouldnt consider myself vegetarian if I still ate animal by products. If I did why wouldnt I just eat the meat then.

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11/15/09 5:41 P

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Nimbrethil: In a vague way, I understand your point, but I really think that the vast majority of people who are vegetarian, do not want to eat a product that contains animal parts. To claim that things like vitamins and skittles, which contain gelatin, a bone product is vegetarian is somewhat silly. That's akin to saying, that if I don't eat the meat on the steak but just gnaw at the bone, I'm still a vegetarian, because I'm not eating meat. Right?

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Er. I NEVER said it was not okay to talk about both. Re-read my post again if you are chastising me for suggesting that. What I said was that we need to recognize the difference between the two--and not gripe about things being supposedly deliberately mislabeled as vegetarian when they weren't.

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I think its okay to talk about both vegan and vegetarian products on this discussion. I think its great to inform one another on both vegan and vegetarian.

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I think it needs to be understood that no product claiming to vegetarian is somehow being misleading if their ingredients indicate the presence of animal by-products. There is a significant difference between vegetarian and vegan, and the ONLY qualification a product needs to claim the label of vegetarian is to not contain any *meat.* Products that contain milk, eggs, honey, gelatin, or are made with bone char, ARE vegetarian. They're not VEGAN.

Some perspective is needed, I think, to recognize the difference, which is between "meat," and "animal by-product."

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This is nitpicking, but sugar qualifies as vegetarian, even when processed using bone char. Vegan is what it isn't. The difference is between actual meat versus the more general "animal derived."

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This was a bit of a shocker to me...but ceasar dressing! On most of the ceasar dressing bottles I checked, the ingredients included anchovies! Don't know how I found it. One day, my best friend and I just happened to be reading the ingredients on a bottle. Sorry to break so many hearts...it surely broke mine. :-(

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CURSES about the Thai Food, but I should have known. Sigh. The rest of it doesn't affect me much; haven't been to a fast food restaurant in decades (heck, I think nicer chain restaurants are fast food!), or eaten packaged much of anything else. But I love this thread and am sending the info to friends.

My vision of the inside of a McDonalds is that the walls, pans, counters, grills, uniforms are dripping with fat and animals products. And rancid at that LOL.

Thanks everyone, I've just returned to SP and I look forward to "meeting" some of you.

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Have missed your voice Travelnista!

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I wrote to C&H sugar and they confirmed that they're not vegetarian friendly. I've heard rumors that the Domino factory in Yonkers, NY uses newer machines that don't require the char.

I was surprised to find some of the tub microwavable popcorn apparently has fish products in it. Why??

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all great info and something to think about - who knew?



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People have to understand that it is the addition of animal rennet and the milk protein casein that some vegetarians have an exception to.

Edited by: STEVIE281 at: 11/16/2009 (01:17)
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Just a few comments here…

Wow! Thanks for posting that question! There’s a lot of info here I’d never have thought of!

I read somewhere once upon a time, for those who are vegetarian – not vegan… that Pizza Hut uses beef broth in their sauce. Huh? Marinara needs beef broth? Hmmm.

Vitamin D3, is the type the body uses. D2 is synthetic and studies show the body doesn’t absorb it. D3 in supplement form comes from either cod liver oil or lanolin. Not sheep guts. The lanolin is extracted from the shaved wool. Sheep are not harmed.

Cabot, Tillamook, Spring Valley are cheeses I use that are not made with rennet. Check Trader Joe’s too, they’ve caught on and will, on some labels, say vegetable or microbial rennet. Some of the Tillamook is not rennet-free (I think it’s the extra sharp cheddar, but I’m not sure)

I’m surprised – potato chips? Chicken fat? What the heck? Dang, I liked Kettle chips. No more. I’ll be looking closer.

Shredded Wheat shocks me too, I’ll be looking at my Trader Joe’s brand to see what’s in there next time. Oh look there it is – Gelatin. Grrrr.

Some chewing gums have gelatin, that surprised me. When I was first a vegetarian I was surprised that marshmallows weren’t vegetarian. Hmph.


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Wow I never knew that about shredded wheat! I was just about to eat some for breakfast well not any more. I went to look at the box and sure enough there is gelatin in it.

Some of the vegetable soups have animal broth so now I only buy vegetarian vegetable but I still look at the ingredients before I buy it.

I would have NEVER thought that baked chips would have chicken in it! Do people really think that we wont be able to figure out what they are putting in our food. If they are going to label it "vegetarian" then make sure that it is 100% animal product free! That is really annoying!

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Walmart sells Florida Crystals sugar. I have heard they don't use bone char. Is that true???

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Seriously baked lays have Chicken fat??? I love baked lays. emoticon I am astonished to see they would say something is healthier even though its a junk food and take the time to market as baked and then chicken fat?? Crippes!! So mad and disgusted at this one. Alot of the posting didn't suprise me but this one did! Thank you I won't be buying those anymore. What about pretzels???

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11/14/09 9:17 P

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I'm pretty sure Cabot brand cheese is not made with rennet (so it's vegetarian).

I thought Oreos were vegan?

Newman's Own brand are vegan and they have a delicious mint creme center and chocolate cookie...mmmmm

Not wicked healthy, but the rest of my diet is really pretty good I think.

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11/14/09 6:44 P

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Recently I bought some Frozen 3 Cheese* Enchiladas from Safeway, I think it is their new store brand. I had already opened the box as I was reading the ingredients and saw they have chicken in them. Also, many years ago, Taco Bell used to have a Veggie Fajita Wrap that I always got... until I learned from another vegetarian that it had chicken broth in it...

*I know I'm not really a vegetarian b/c I eat cheese that may not be labeled as made w/ vegetable rennet. Actually, I guess I am a lacto/ovo/pesce/rennet-tarian.

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"Natural Flavoring" gets me all the time... I remember the day I looked that one up and realized it pretty much meant "unidentified animal products"...

Oreos... sour cream... gummi-bears (I'm lacto... I tell myself the story that if it doesn't hurt the creature too much to get it out of them, I can still eat it... I know, I know...)...

I pretty much lived on gummi-bears, pretzels and coffee for a period of my life... when I saw the gelatin connection, I was down to pretzels and coffee.

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Thanks for posting that Vegancircus. I was curious if the ingredients were different or not.

This whole conversation just reinforces for me to stay away from "convenience foods." It's hard, but I just have to remember those lists of chemicals and animal bits that are in those foods.



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Ok any product that has corn is suspect that means your modified food starch for instance. And your vitamins and minerals, it doesn't list the source. It is no longer enough to read the label you must ask the customer service reps not only if their product is GMO-free but then is it vegan and or vegetarian. Check the sites that I linked below for more information.

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Hi,

My Cheerios box reads as follows:

Ingredients:
Whole grain oats (includes the oat bran), modified corn starch, sugar, salt, tripotassium phosphate, oat fiber, wheat starch, vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) added to preserve freshness.

Vitamins and Minerals:
Calcium Carbonate, Iron and Zinc (mineral Nutreients), Vitamin C (sodium ascorbate) A B Vitamin (Niacinamide), Vitamin b6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), Vitamin b2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin b1 (Thiamin Mononitrate), Vitamin A (Palmitate), A B Vitamin (folic acid), Vitamin b12, Vitamin d3

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McDonalds disappointed me when I discovered the fries weren't vegetarian. And it's irritating when I go to buy a vegetable product (soup, frozen pasta, spring rolls) and discover it's got meat or stock or fish in it.

I always qualify, when I ask at restaurants, if the food has meat or beef/chicken stock in it because so many people seem to think if you can't see actual bits then it's vegetarian. I had one person tell me once that Lipton's chicken noodle soup was vegetarian because the chicken pieces didn't look real.

My favourite was when a college classmate invited my then-boyfriend and I over for dinner... BLT sandwiches. When I reminded her I was a vegetarian, she looked absolutely baffled then said "But there's no meat in B" ROFLMBO

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I've been told by a number of people that Cheerios are vegan (obviously not the honey nut) but I don't eat them and never really looked into it.

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Can someone from the US check this list with their box of Cheerios? I'm curious to see if my Canadian one is different. I'm pretty sure it will be.

Cheerios: whole grain oat, modified corn starch, corn starch, sugar, salt, trisodium phosphate, calcium carbonate, monoglycerides, annatto, tocopherols, wheat starch,
Vitamins and minerals: Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folate, iron


I didn't know what a lot of this stuff was. Here's a link to what monoglyceride is.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monoglyceride

Packaged foods are becoming less and less appealing.....



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Ugh VEGETARA, that's the most frustrating thing - when the label says vegetarian or vegan but it's clearly not true.

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Refried beans. I should have seen that pork fat coming from a mile away...

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I used to go to this sub shop all the time. They did make a pretty good sub though they were a little on the small side or a hearty eater like myself. I knew the owner because he rode in the same bicycle club I did. I always ordered the vegetarian sub. When he was explaining to other cyclists how he made his sandwiches I heard him mention that he fried his onions in bacon grease for extra flavor. I asked him if the fried onions on his vegetarian subs were also fried in bacon grease. He replied, "yeah, vegetarians need flavor too!" Needless to say I ordered my vegetarian subs without onions after that.

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As someone who is transitioning to vegetarianism, I have learned that today's food supplies seem to think it's a requirement to put some sort of meat or meat product in almost every item on the shelves. I strive to be a ovo-pescatarian (still eat eggs and fish), but avoiding all these beef bi-products served as a shocking realization to all the weird stuff put in "foods" nowadays.

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A few years ago when I first became vegetarian I would occasionally buy frozen meals for the days I was really busy. Well I bought this Healthy Choice meal - I think it may have been stuffed shells or some other pasta - that had a big thing on the front about how it was meatless. So I grabbed it up and was thankful that I did still have quick dinner options even though I was a veg living in a non-veg world. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending upon how you look at it) I read the ingredients before fixing it and waaaaay down in the list of ingredients was "fish gelatin". WHY!?!? It obviously did not *need* this ingredient since it was so far down the list. I, of course, wrote Healthy Choice a nasty letter. Sure, I should have read the ingredients before buying the product; however, I still don't think they should market something as meatless since those types of meals will appeal primarily to vegetarians.



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Oh, I forgot, I was completely surprised that many pastas, eggroll wrappers and gyoza have eggs in them. And, even more than animal products, I've been completely floored by the products that contain high fructose corn syrup, something else that I've been trying to cut from my diet.

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I can understand a little bit if you say you don't eat "meat" and someone asks if you eat seafood. Usually, meat, poultry and seafood are split up into separate categories. But I once told a family member that I ate no "animals" or anything that comes from animals, and they still asked about chicken and seafood. I just couldn't deal with explaining the whole animal, vegetable, mineral thing to them. :)

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My husband's cousin said the same thing. I refused some BBQ and he said well it isn't meat, its fish. crazy folks!

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That's like when I tell some people I do not eat meat and they ask, "but you eat seafood and chicken right?".

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The sushi place I go to has this amazing veg*an plate with sauteed vegetables and tofu. Truly amazing taste. I asked them what they put in their soy sauce that made it thicken and "creamy" and he said oyster sauce!! I asked if he was kidding and he was all offended and said "What's the problem, oysters aren't meat"!!! SERIOUSLY!

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To see if your alcohol is vegan and GMO-free go to: www.barnivore.com

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A lot of beer and wine. Commercially-made wine and beer often has FININGS added to it to produce a clearer-looking product. Commonly-used finings are:
* gelatin - from animal hooves
* chitosan - from shrimp
* collagen - often from beef
* isinglass - from fish bladders.

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OMG!!! Thank you for posting this question. You have all educated me today. I didn't eat much sugar to begin with, but I'll never touch it again! This is just shocking! Thanks for the education!

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Some of this stuff is just downright disgusting :(

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I think the U.S. is mainly the only country who even uses bone char anymore. I know I have heard that Domino for sure uses it. Beet sugar is generally not filtered with bone char though.
I had no idea eggs were in fortune cookies! I maybe eat one twice a year, but now I will know better, thanks!
A friend got me some Pringles Stix in a goodie bag for being in her wedding... anchovies were in those, yuck!
Unless you get organic cereals, I think most fortified cereals have D3 in them. If you really want to know, you can write the company, although you may not get a straight answer. On the regular Cheerios box I saw, it didn't specify D2 or D3, it just said "Vitamin D", but on the Banana Nut flavor, it specifically says D3.
I was surprised Starbursts contained gelatin. Weird that those do an Laffy Taffy doesn't. And even though Skittles don't contain gelatin anymore, they do contain carmine as a coloring, from beetles.

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The "vegetarian" food at many (most?) Thai restaurants. I discovered the fish paste is often used as a standard ingredient in most Thai food. Definitely ask the server. We can't eat at either of the Thai restaurants in town because both always use fish paste. Very disappointing, because I LOVE Thai food.

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Spinach artichoke dip usually has bacon as well as mayo (which i personally hate)

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Wow, I had no idea about some of these. Why would people put those ingredients in crazy things like that?

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fortune cookies! I never really liked them, but I was very surprised when I found out that most brands contain eggs. I've also found lactose in surprising places, such as in the off-brand juice that we served at my former workplace...

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plain yogurt is fine, also lemon flavored. It's the yogurt with fruit on the bottom and all of the blended yogurts.

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Regarding McDonald's, I was through with them when I recently went to it's website to make a recommendation about expanding it's menu to offer more vegetarian things (such as veggie wraps or soups) only to find out McDonald's doesn't accept unsolicited suggestions from the public.

I decided that if that's how they feel about their customers, then I would stop patronzing McDonald's. I don't know of any other company that has a standing policy not to consider ideas from its customers.

Read their statement for yourself:

www.mcdonalds.com/contact/con
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altoids!!! they contain gelatin sadly!

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Some fruits and vegetables have a wax coating on them to maintain freshness. Apparently, beeswax is used sometimes. All the more reason to buy local and organic!

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You have to be careful- McDonald's writes "natural flavoring" as their ingredient, when in fact it is beef extract. I guess technically that is a natural flavoring, but it is a bit shady to me.

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No, I had to redo the links try them now.

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Stevie281 - I must be having a link issue. It didn't work for me.

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I only use raw organic sugar, so I think I'm ok with that.
Surprised by the Cheerios, and never thought about yogurt but I am going to look right now. Plain low fat.
kettle corn is too sweet for me, no lose there.
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If you look at some of the older postings and look up Genetically Modified Organisms you will see what's wrong with a lot of what we eat! They are found in the following: soy, corn, canola, sugar beets, dairy, a small amount of yellow squash. Please look toward the following links: www.responsibletechnology.org , www.organicconsumers.org , www.therealfoodchannel.com , www.truefoodnow.org

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I didn't realize that marshmellow had gelatin in them. Oh, and the chicken fat in the Baked Lays. Chicken fat? I have enough of my own fat, thank you very much.

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I recently learned that D3 is made from lamb intestine (flaking or something). I used the link someone else provided on this board and sure enough Cheerios came up not vegan.

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Oh crud, what's in the Cheerios? I eat them all the time because of the iron content. I'm now somewhat horrified by sugar... The vegetable soup one has gotten me before, so now I check. Oh yeah, Kettle chips...they're made with lard.

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Cheerios was mine. The last thing I would have thought would have an animal byproduct was cheerios. I am learning everyday.

The McD's french fries is a new one for me too. Beef spray......why?

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"Beef Spray" - Seriously???

Wow, this was a great question! I am guilty of eating Tostito's Restaurant Style Chips with a "hint of lime". Turns out, milk products are in these. I think I ate them for a good year before I even thought to look.

Hint of Lime... Why in the world would you need to add milk products for a hint of lime?

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McDonald's fries are sprayed with a beef spray.

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The whole burned animal bones thing just made me ill! So, I looked up how sugar is processed and found this link. Very informative, no animal products used! Check it out...

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Its in the frosting, just like the frosted pop-tarts.

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why on earth would frosted mini-wheats need gelatin??

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actually skittles dont have gelatin in them anymore it actually says on the package now that it does not contain gelatin i was so happy lol

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This a great question SG!

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frosted miniwheats have geletin in them like marshmellows, yogurt, poptarts, and skittles.

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frosted miniwheats, what the heck???

rice krispy treats emoticon stupid marshmellows!!

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Unless its organic, most sugar is processed using bone char ( the burnt bones of animals.) It is used in the colorization process. It is also known by the names bone black, animal charcoal, or bone ash. It is used in the production of petroleum jelly (refining crude oil). Although beet sugar has been used as an alternative for vegetarians, it is now being monitored because of the addition of GMO's Genetically Modified Organisms) to the crop and that would render it unsuitable. So remember to check, which means ask.

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some canned vegetable soups. they may use chicken broth

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Actually MISO.

SOME miso is processed w/ dried fish flakes. :P

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Sugar? Help me with this one, please?


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sugar!!!! Why????? emoticon

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I went to subway for lunch (forgot lunch at home), and had my normal veggie delight. I splurged and had a bag of chips. I choose bbq b/c I figured it would be ok. NOPE! It contains chicken fat. Seriously...why do chips need chicken fat???

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