I Eat Vegan Books: Animal Ingredients A To Z by The EG Smith Collective
I wanted to share this really useful little vegan book with those of you who don’t already own a copy. Animal Ingredients is such a useful tool to have handy for both new vegans and seasoned vegans alike. This book not only contains a list of animal derived ingredients, including those you didn’t even realize were in your every day products, but also a list of necessary vitamins and minerals, as well as the plant-based sources from which we can get them. As well as vitamins and minerals, the book breaks down where vegans can best get healthy fats, carbohydrates, and proteins (And honestly, how many times have you been asked, “You’re vegan, so where do you get your protein?!”). Small enough to fit in a tote or handbag, Animal Ingredients is perfect for keeping on hand at all times for sticky label-reading situations!
The moving preface by Carol J. Adams brings up the question, “Why do we care whether something has whey or lanolin or royal jelly or pepsin in it?” Following with thought provoking responses such as “Because we want to restore the absent referent.” and “Because in a world that socializes us to be unthinking consumers, we are educating ourselves to refuse to consume.” The introduction by Bruce Friedrich then reminds us not to lose people to our cause over technicalities like publicly arguing with the waiter over the ingredients of a veggie burger or showing our loved ones that our lifestyle is nothing but bickering over label-reading. He reminds us that though many of us will try to make our lives 100% vegan, chances our that an animal product will make its way into our homes or meals without our knowledge because after all, we don’t always know the process behind the manufacturing, even if the label shows us a vegan-friendly product. But the importance is that the effort was made to the best of our ability to lessen the suffering.