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Jun 26, 2013 11:18 AM

Survey Says...60% of vegetarians ate meat yesterday!

Some people don't seem to fully grasp the meaning of "vegetarian":

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      1. re: ferret

        Yes, your daughter told me that you are. :P

      2. I'm surprised because most of the vegetarians I know seem so militant.

        1. That's true. I once took some (real) vegetarian co-workers visiting from India out to lunch. I had to explain to them that the American definition of "vegetarian" was different from the Indian definition so they wouldn't accidentally consume any products with meat. They were confused why so many omnivores considered themselves "vegetarians."

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          1. re: raytamsgv

            Could you elaborate please? What were some of the dishes?

            1. re: c oliver

              It was a only a warning to be careful of people who claimed to be vegetarians. Basically, don't eat their food unless my co-workers were sure the person was a true vegetarian. As the article stated, self-proclaimed vegetarians may turn out to be vegetarian only on occasion.

              As for the actual lunch, I took them to a Chinese restaurant that was 100% vegetarian.

              1. re: raytamsgv

                I've read here that a vegetarian probably shouldn't go to Chinese restaurants because dried shrimp are almost an ubiquitous, hidden ingredient.

                1. re: c oliver

                  It depends on the restaurant. A purely vegetarian restaurant would be just that. If you go to a non-vegetarian restaurant, it depends on how they prepare the food.

                  The restaurant in question was Buddhist-oriented. There was a lot of free Buddhist literature, and Buddhist monks were eating there.

                  1. re: raytamsgv

                    Ah, now we have "the rest of the story" :) Definitely if you're going to a vegetarian restaurant. I was thinking about going to a 'regular' Chinese place and assuming that the vegetable dishes were truly vegetarian. Thanks for clarifying.

          2. That seems so odd to me. Why call yourself a vegetarian if you eat meat?

            I don't eat meat but I don't call myself vegetarian. I just say "I don't eat meat" and leave it at that. I do eat fish once in a while and I eat eggs and dairy so I just don't consider myself vegetarian.

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            1. re: Jpan99

              I agree. I find this extremely puzzling. I have been vegetarian since 1974 but I will eat fish maybe once or twice a year (usually when it just gets too complicated in a group situation at a restaurant). Though now I think about it, it's been a couple years since I had fish - the upside of being broke.

              Then again...

              I have a cousin who claims to be vegetarian but to her that means no red meat. And I used to have a friend who said she was vegetarian but that meant burgers were fine... as long as she couldn't identify the animal by the look of the food, it was fair game, so to speak.

              The labels we put on ways of eating are confusing for everybody - those who claim the label (vegetarian, Kosher, low carb) and those who strive to understand how those labels are used.

              1. re: Jpan99

                Just to clarify, most vegetarians eat eggs and dairy. Vegans don't though.

                1. re: piccola

                  I was an ovo-lacto vegetarian for nearly 20 years. I was surprised that so many people didn't understand that I didn't eat fish or chicken broth. Weird.

                  1. re: pine time

                    Yeah, I get that all the time too. Or they don't understand why I won't eat, say, veggies cooked in oyster sauce or stew with the meat removed. Just because there aren't visible chunks of animal doesn't mean it's vegetarian.

              2. Oddly enough I am not a vegetarian, but I didn't eat meat yesterday. So I guess we can call it good.