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Is mushroom vegetarian or non-vegetarian?

In biology, organisms are grouped into a set of categories called, for some reason, kingdoms. These are, of course, somewhat artificial, but the need of biologists to categorise is shared by ...
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What cheese is considered vegetarian?

All traditional cheese is non-vegetarian, but some kinds can be made vegetarian. Rennet is a combination of a bunch of enzymes, made in the stomach of ruminants such as cows. It's used in cheese-...
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Why are a lot of beer and wines non-vegetarian?

From the searchable "is your booze vegan" directory Barnivore website: It might seem weird at first, but your favourite drink might have more than just alcohol in it. Brewmasters, winemakers,...
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Do some vegetarians eat gelatin?

The other rationale for eating something like gelatin, e.g. Amonium phosphatides, Magnesium Stearate, Carmine, Lipase, is that animal derived additives are everywhere. They often occur in small ...
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Is mushroom vegetarian or non-vegetarian?

Mushrooms (or fungi) are not plants and are not animals either. Feel free to check out some "phylogenetic tree" diagrams to understand more clearly how they differ. The eatable mushroom is a bit like ...
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How non-vegetarian is non-vegetarian cheese?

It is hard to find any hard sources for this online and I would very much like to see an answer from a person from the field (or someone with similar knowledge and expertise), but since there is, I ...
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Do some vegetarians eat gelatin?

I think the main reason one eating gelatin is not knowing how it is made (extra source) or, more probable, that many products than seem vegetarian, actually contain it. This is summed up here: ...
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Is mushroom vegetarian or non-vegetarian?

I've never heard of mushrooms being considered non-vegan. That having been said, there are some people who are allergic to fungus spores and/or fungus protein. There are also people who are really ...
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Is "starter" in yogurt vegetarian?

The essential part of the starter is a bacteria culture (some kind of lactobacillus). Yogurt is always made with a bacterial culture. Bacteria can be eaten by vegetarians and vegans: they are not ...
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Is "starter" in yogurt vegetarian?

Although you mention Google translating закваска ('zakvaska' in Latin alphabet) as yeast, I believe it means probiotic cultures instead. This does not change much in respect of it being vegetarian, ...
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What cheese is considered vegetarian?

The standard non-vegetarian ingredient in cheese is animal-derived rennet. Non-animal rennet may be used to produce a vegetarian cheese. Sadly it's not yet mandatory in all countries to declare what ...
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Can those who eat insects be considered vegetarians?

It depends on whether you consider insects animals or not. If you are a vegan/vegetarian and you don't want to eat anything in the biological kingdom Animalia, you can't eat insects. Kingdom: ...
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Why isn't rennet vegetarian?

A few days ago I read this question on the Biology Stack Exchange Does cheese contain cells of animal stomachs? It reminds us how rennet is made: Dried and cleaned stomachs of young calves are ...
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Is usage of corals vegetarian and/or vegan?

I worked as a marine conservation educator for 15 years. Here's what I can contribute to this discussion. Unless you know for certain that coral rock was collected sustainably, ie, already dead and ...
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Is usage of corals vegetarian and/or vegan?

I would say it's a matter of opinion whether it's OK for you to use the product, although from a strictly vegan perspective it might be considered probably not OK. But if the exact status of the coral ...
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Soda stream syrup vegetarian?

SodaStream syrups are all vegetarian given that their primary ingredients are sweeteners. No meat or fish products are used in common commercialized syrups. SodaStream has confirmed that its Fruit ...
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Is "starter" in yogurt vegetarian?

From what I read regarding yoghurt production, the main (starter) cultures in yogurt are Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. The starter cultures are used to convert milk to ...
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Why isn't rennet vegetarian?

Zanna's answer is very good but I would like to add a little. There are no laws about what you may and may not eat to be allowed to call yourself vegetarian or vegan. You are free to pick your own ...
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Vegetarian Mini-Pill (Progestin Only Birth Control)

Just got a call from a very nice woman at Northstar pharmaceuticals who informed me that both Deblitane and Sharobel contain "no animal derived ingredients, including shellfish". While she could not ...
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Is mushroom vegetarian or non-vegetarian?

Another possible reason some vegetarians/vegans might avoid mushrooms is because of mushroom farming practices. Mushroom soil is generally a manure-rich soil used for growing mushrooms, and one could ...
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Is caviar considered to be vegetarian?

We wait for chickens and ducks to lay eggs before they are collected so they are still alive when their eggs are collected, and yes the eggs themselves are generally unfertilised so they can never ...
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Could clean/cultured meat be ethically OK for vegetarians but not vegans?

There is no official body dictating what vegetarians may and may not eat. Each needs to make his or her own decision. I don't think that I would eat it since I am quite happy with traditional ...
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What non-vegetarian and/or non-vegan ingredients can be found in cosmetics?

Cosmetics are very complex products (lots of different substances) and it is quite hard to really understand if one product is 100% vegan or not. This article touches the surface of some non-vegan ...
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Is there a vegan or vegetarian instant noodles?

I personally think most instant noodles are not very nutritious and full of flavour enhancers etc god knows what else. Here is an alternative approach that I take, and it will allow you more control ...
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Is there a vegan or vegetarian instant noodles?

Sri Lanka Kottu Mee Hot and Spicy Instant Noodles are my favorite. I usually bring back about fifty packages when I return to Canada I also love the Cheese and Onion flavor which I find just as spicy....
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Is there a vegan or vegetarian instant noodles?

I have little trouble finding vegetarian ones in the UK. As an example I have to hand, the "curry flavour" Maggi* ones list no animal-derived ingredients. Milk is listed as an allergen ...
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Why do restaurants consider fish vegetarian?

Evidence that fish and other sea animals feel pain and can experience suffering has only recently been proven scientifically. Pain receptors were discovered in fish in the early 2000s and monitoring ...
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Are Algerian, samurai, and barbeque sauces vegetarian?

Algerian sauce: contains egg. I found the following list of ingredients: Rapeseed oil, onions (contains sulfite), glucose-fructose syrup, tomato puree, vinegar, egg yolk, salt, modified starch, bell ...
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Do some vegetarians eat gelatin?

Concerning the usage of the words vegetarian and vegan, by definition gelatin is not any of the two, so the question is moot. On the other hand when it comes to an ethical framework based on morals ...
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Do some vegetarians eat gelatin?

I am a vegetarian, and I have no issue with consuming gelatin. My reason for being vegetarian is because meat doesn't taste pleasant to my palate.

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