There are many myths about what vegetarians can eat, and do eat. People are often surprised when I tell them the lengths I go to make sure I stay true to my vegetarian principles.
What do vegetarian’s eat?
My definition of a vegetarian is someone who does not eat animals, including meat and fish, and also including by-products of the slaughter industry. This includes gelatine.
What is gelatine?
Gelatine is made from animal bones and is used in the food industry as a setting agent. It may surprise to know the wide range of foods that it contained in. Gelatine is often found in:
- Sweets or candies
Do all vegetarians avoid gelatine?
No. Not all vegetarians avoid gelatine. Friends of mine do not have a problem eating it. I personally cannot justify eating something knowing it has animal bones in it. I also avoid eating anything with animal fat and animal rennet in it but I’ll save that debate for another blog post.
Vegetarian-friendly non-gelatine products
There are companies out there who do understand the need to cater for people who do not wish to eat gelatine. They include:
- Marks & Spencer’s Percy Pigs (gelatine free version). They sell a great gift pack of a veggie piggy bank with veggie percy pigs for £15
- Goody Good Stuff Sweets – great range of sweets, available from Holland & Barrett (highly recommended from personal experience!!)
- Sweet Things – sell range of gelatine free sweets
Many supermarkets will sell yoghurts that do not contain gelatine, just make sure you always check the ingredients first before you buy.