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Fellow label-readers unite!

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azroc Sat 20-May-06 09:16:19

According to Viva, veganism and veggieism are on the increase. Organic food is greatly on the increase. Just curious to know how many like-minded people are out there. I posted something similar in the food section yesterday but no replies, so thought I'd try here..

monkeytrousers Sat 20-May-06 09:22:16

I'm a veggie and so have to read the labels - thinks for things like beef fat in flora for instance.

Jasnem Sat 20-May-06 09:44:51

I've been label reading for years...I'm veggie (and was vegan for a few years) . It becomes part of life.
at flroa containing beef fat, though...I didn't know that. I don't use it so doesn't directly affect me, but did think it was ok...is it all flora?

Jasnem Sat 20-May-06 09:44:51

I've been label reading for years...I'm veggie (and was vegan for a few years) . It becomes part of life.
at flroa containing beef fat, though...I didn't know that. I don't use it so doesn't directly affect me, but did think it was ok...is it all flora?

gigglinggoblin Sat 20-May-06 09:57:52

i didnt know about flora either. i always check yogurt and icecream as it often has gelatine in it (remember loud pg hormonal rant in middle of sainsburys about why all the nice icecream had sodding pork in it)

its stuff like homemade veg soup in cafes you have to be more careful of as you cant read the label there and they often put chicken stock in it but still say it is veggie

Laura032004 Sat 20-May-06 10:06:47

Vitamin K (Konakion) that newborns get contains bovine bile, so it won't be vegetarian / vegan / suitable for Hindu's. Most hospitals still have stocks of the old bovine free version, but apparently these are fast running out.

Sad that there is no alternative choice for people who will care about this.

I'm a label reader, but only for ds who is gluten and dairy intolerant.

nowanearlyNicemum Sat 20-May-06 10:58:44

I read labels but not because I'm veggie or anything - I just feel it's important to know exactly what I'm eating!

lanismum Sat 20-May-06 12:21:05

im a label reader as me and dd are veggie, i drive my mum mad in supermarkets because i take so long reading labels, i also get annoyed when they put gelatine in yogurts, so annoying. im also shocked at the beef fat in flora, i dont use it, but im surprised all the same.

monkeytrousers Sat 20-May-06 12:38:38

It's 'Flora lite' that contains the meaty stuff, not the full fat one.

monkeytrousers Sat 20-May-06 12:42:39

There are alternatives to gelatine though so why don't they use it? Evening Primrose veggie capsules at Holland and Barret are ridiculously expensive compared to the gelatine ones, but I don't remember Polo's going up when they switched, so I really don't understand what's going on.

I'd defo buy midget gems again if they went veggie!

azroc Sat 20-May-06 13:16:34

I didn't know about the bovine bile in vitamin k - now I'm double glad I refused it!

laluje Sat 20-May-06 13:46:27

Flabbergasted about vit k !! Not veggie or vegan but an avid label reader since ttc and especially now lo is here.

meysey Sun 21-May-06 09:57:57

me too shocked about vit k, though had oral version for DSs so hope that's not as bad.

am avid label reader though caught myself out recently when I realised that so-called healthy actimel has artificial sweetener rubbish in it. haven't bought it since.

moondog Sun 21-May-06 09:59:32

The less processed the food you buy,the better.
I would never buy flavoured yoghurt or spreads for this very reason..weird nasties lurking in 'em!

lanismum Sun 21-May-06 10:37:04

another thing that irritates me is that its always the more expensive items that seem to have gelatine/animal fat ect, like chocolate mousse, the cadburys one has gelatine, the cheap tescos own brand doesnt, iv always wondered why, if its possible to make it without gelatine, why add it?

WideWebWitch Sun 21-May-06 10:42:23

I buy mostly organic so am an avid label reader. Ds was veggie until v recently so I've always checked for gelatine. Did you know that the only Walkers crisps which are NOT suitabkle for vegetarians are cheese and onion? All the others contain no meat products! (last time I checked, new ranges may not be included)

azroc Sun 21-May-06 10:43:40

I think the majority of food companies only care about keeping costs down and profits up, hence why ridiculous ingredients. Read everything!
Then fight back by not buying the junk, and if you have a spare few minutes in your manic mum life, tell the b*stards why you're not buying their stuff.
Oh, and train your kids to label-read early - this kind of thing can really appeal to pre-adolescents who always have to be indignant about something. Plus they are the consumers/producers of the future!

WideWebWitch Sun 21-May-06 10:43:47

not that I buy crisps, I hasten to add, the v occasional packet of Goodies or <whispers> Wotsits but I don't usually buy any.

lanismum Sun 21-May-06 10:46:36

walkers cheese and onion are veggie friendly now, they used to have animal rennett in though, the chedder cheese flavour are not though.

lanismum Sun 21-May-06 10:47:23

and i do buy crisps

FillyjonktheSnibbet Wed 31-May-06 20:45:40

I label read, mainly for hydrogenated vegetable fat which must be the vilest thing on the planet.

tracyk Tue 06-Jun-06 09:24:04

The ingredients on Walker ready salted - say potato and salt - soothes my conscience!

acnebride Tue 06-Jun-06 09:27:08

I like buying at the Chinese supermarket down the road. Very restful not being able to read any of the labels. I can buy all sorts of lovely orange stuff.

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