We all mistakes. Since switching to a vegan diet, I’ve made a few food mistakes. The other day I got take-out food from an Indian restaurant. I asked the chef beforehand which dishes were vegan and loaded my take-out container with them. Then I added a couple pieces of naan because you can’t eat Indian food without naan, right? Turns out I’ll have to learn how because it isn’t vegan! Stupid naan!
I also learned that the onion rings I ate the other day weren’t vegan, nor were the lime tortilla chips. Seriously, why do tortilla chips need milk product in them? Really?? It doesn’t even make sense. Anyway, I can’t let myself feel too badly about these mistakes because obviously they were honest mistakes. It just goes to show you that you can’t assume that something is vegan just because you think it should be, or because it would be stupid to coat tortilla chips in dairy products. So, I’ll have to be a little more careful going forward….but my guess is these won’t be the last mistakes I make – hopefully they’ll just get to be fewer and farther between. And don’t even get me started on product purchases. It seems like I learn of of some new, obscure animal byproduct every day and have to look over all of the products in my house to check for it. It is incredibly frustrating, let me tell you.
For a really, really lengthy list of animal-derived products, check out the PETA website here. I’ve read this a few times, but there is almost no way I will be able to remember every single item on this list. Still, it’s a good resource if you want to research something. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if products were required to disclose whether or not they a) did animal testing or b) used animal-derived products? Hey, Government, let’s get busy on that, okay? Thanks.