JUNKIE

While I was at dinner last night, I heard the lad at the next table screaming to his dinner guest that he “wanted to go vegetarian but didn’t want to be an inconvenience.”

I wanted to spit my Blueberry Belch Beer in his face.

Your food choices, sir, are not inconvenient.

Your choice to yell them across the bar, however, is.

I think it’s a myth that its difficult to eat a vegetarian, vegan, or plant based diet.

It takes some time, some adjusting, and some pre-planning, but once you’ve set your mind to it, its not difficult to learn to love fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains.

Those are all healthy, veg-friendly foods.

Which leads to the next myth.

The myth that if something is vegan, it’s healthy.

With an ever expanding niche food market, there are plenty of vegan junk foods and many convenience foods that are “accidentally vegan.”

Here’s just a few:

OREOS

Makes you wonder what is exactly in the cream filling, eh?

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SMUCKER’S UNCRUSTABLES

This is a surprise because most breads these days contain milk. Check your labels carefully.

Uncrustable

DUNCAN HINES’ HOMESTYLE FROSTING

I can make vegan frosting and yet somehow it surprised me that you could buy  vegan frosting from a major food company. It shouldn’t be surprising ,though, considering its much cheaper and more shelf stable to use hydrogenated shortening instead of butter.

Duncan Hines Frosting

DEL-MONTE CREAM STYLE CORN

Apparently “Cream Style” has nothing to do with real cream!

Cream Style Corn

NUTTER BUTTERS

My step-dad eats a steady diet of these peanut butter cookies. He’s half-way to being vegan and didn’t even know it!

Nutter Butter

LICORICE

A lot of candy has gelatin which is not veg-friendly. Licorice does not contain gelatin. Score for the vegans  horse hooves.

twizzlers

POTATO CHIPS

It’s not shocking that a potato chip is vegan. It doesn’t mean it’s healthy though.

potato chips

KRISPY KREME FRUIT PIE

No “kreme” here!

krispy kreme fruit pie

PILLSBURY CRESCENT ROLLS

“Big and Buttery” is plastered across the package and yet, no actual butter in sight!

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NON-DAIRY ICE CREAM

Non-dairy ice Cream is one of the foods that people want to believe is healthier if it’s vegan. Its still fat and sugar, people. Eat it but be mindful that 1/2 cup can contain 250 calories and 18 grams of fat which is the equivalent of premium dairy based ice creams.

coconut ice cream

(Some) NON-DAIRY MILKS

Become a label reader. Some sweetened non-dairy milks contain anywhere from 12-20 grams of sugar. There are 16 grams of sugar in a full tablespoon. It’s something to think about if you’re pouring it over a bowl of frosted flakes (which also happen to be vegan!) every morning.

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The good news is that if you’re stuck in a gas station in Kentucky, you can probably find some vegan fare to tide you over. The bad news is that if you choose these foods on a regular basis, you’ll fare no better than your standard junk food junkie.

Choose wisely.

But don’t feel the need to scream your choices across a busy bar.

Nothing ruins a meal quite like the diner who preaches the evils of meat eating over a plate of pot roast.

Save it for the dessert course.

You know, the row of Oreos and Chocolate Soy Milk that you’ll be shoving in your face.

If you do get stuck in a gas station in Kentucky, check out PETA’s full list of “Accidentally Vegan” foods:

http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/accidentally-vegan.aspx

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