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beckykey beckykey VIC Posts: 3
1 25 Jul 2011
Hello!

I have been wanting to become vegan for a very long time, and after lots of research I have started today.

I was wondering if any one could tell me what ingredients to look out for when im shopping for food?

Would be extremely helpful.
Thankyou happy
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Mazzakat Mazzakat SA Posts: 103
2 25 Jul 2011
It's great to hear that you have the move to being a vegan.  Here is a link to a list of animal ingredients in food and other products.

http://www.happycow.net/health-animal-ingredients.html
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Beemo Beemo United States Posts: 1259
3 25 Jul 2011
That is a good list, but can be somewhat daunting as it's so long  D: and many of those things listed are more likely to be plant derived or synthetic than animal derived.

The main things you have to look out for are Glycerin/Glycerol (animal fat), Gelatine (animal hooves, bones etc.), Vitamin D-3 (sheeps wool), Casein (milk), Whey (milk), Carmine E120 (cochineal beetle), Shellac E904 (insects), Beeswax E901, Lactose (milk)...Hopefully I am not missing anything...

^ The products I have listed above are the ones I always avoid as they are mostly, if not always from animals. They are also probably the most common ingredients you will come across while shopping.
And then obviously you should be avoiding meat, egg, dairy and honey products happy

Do you have an iPhone or a smart phone? There are some real handy apps you can download that allow you to look up the names and numbers of ingredients to see if they are vegan or not.

Btw congrats on going vegan  clap
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Tanyaka Tanyaka VIC Posts: 1219
4 26 Jul 2011
Congrats. I found it really fun when I first started discovering what food was vegan or not. It was pretty good, there is always a vegan alternative!

You can search for the "accidently vegan" thread too.. that will stock you up on junk food haha.

If you're shopping.. just  head straight to the health food ailse, half of that stuff is vegan. And then the chilled section with the tofu has the veggie burgers and stuff too.

Other than that, really, if you buy healthy brands, it is probably vegan. Eg, La Zuppa soup only has whole ingredients in it, no additives or crap so it's easy to see there is nothing non-vegan  in the veggie ones.

I found that I started cooking things myself a bit more too. I stocked up on cans of lentils, beans, tomatoes etc when they were on special and make my own bases and sauces.

Though I definitely still use convenience stuff too. happy
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Nobody Nobody QLD Posts: 593
5 26 Jul 2011
Congrats!  clap
This list may assist you:
http://www.vnv.org.au/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=85&Itemid=97

Not eating, wearing or using animal products seems tricky at first, but once you get into it, it's easy.
And don't be hard on yourself if you make a mistake.

peace
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beckykey beckykey VIC Posts: 3
6 26 Jul 2011
thank you guys so much for your responses!

they are beyond helpful.

today is my second day, and as weird as this sounds i already feel better.
like after i eat my meals i feel full and im eating alot less. its like im satisfied more quickly and am content with what i have eaten.

have any of you found that?

also last night and tonight ive gone to the supermarket and just got lots of organic stuff, and when i read the labels i make sure that its all just vegetables or fruits at the moment. but im struggling to figure out how to read the labels and if they are truly safe for a vegan. i look at things and i think yep they're okay. but im never sure.

its tricky. but its fun experimenting and hopefully i can figure out some recipes and snacks. its just hard looking at every label!
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Beemo Beemo United States Posts: 1259
7 27 Jul 2011
beckykey said:
its tricky. but its fun experimenting and hopefully i can figure out some recipes and snacks. its just hard looking at every label!
It is hard at first, but once you get to know what products are vegan it becomes quite easy happy
It is also very satisfying when you cook a vegan meal or snack and all your omni friends and family can't believe that it's vegan ecstatic

Here is a great list of vegan recipe websites: http://www.unleashed.org.au/community/forum/topic.php?t=5691
And here is a long list of products that are vegan: http://www.unleashed.org.au/community/forum/topic.php?t=24&

Also if you have facebook these pages are very helpful:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vegan-Products-you-can-buy-in-Australia/170979382913716
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vegan-Easy-Challenge/119100276428
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vegan-Friendly-Places-to-Eat-in-Australia/173020989409538
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