I have addictions similar to these too, but they aren’t good for us or for animal welfare, and we should definitely work toward eliminating them. It is difficult! what gives? I do eat honey which I guess is not really vegan. I used to be very judge-y, wudge-y about it. Love this post! I think as long as people are doing the best for themselves, it’s completely up to them to figure out their gray area. I love this post! No eggs either. 😉. . So the answer is always based on why a person decides to be vegan. But no this time. Very good post! No, most store-bought marshmallows contain gelatin, which gives them that ooey-gooey consistency. Unlike other marshmallows, these are made with simple, all natural, non-GMO ingredients and contain NO gelatin and NO high-fructose corn syrup. haha), drink “non-vegan” wine and beers. I’ve read many “vegetarian/vegan” blogs that don’t follow by the book. I love your no judgement policy — I really think that’s so awesome and important when it comes to creating a space where people feel comfortable. I think it’s just great when anyone can be more conscious of the food they put in their mouths and how it effects the environment and their bodies. I added fish, dairy and eggs as well as whey protein back to my diet and that works for me. I do not eat meat or any meat products whatsoever – no gelatin, marshmallows or the like, but I do occasionally eat cheese and regular white sugar. Would you eat meat if you were in a life-threatening situation, or would you die for your cause? If you are a pescatarian solely for health reasons, then I can see your argument. Meri. I don’t eat meat because it is a personal choice and I truly notice the different in my overall health and well-being by avoiding it. Even Chicken?? I even ate milk-chocolate dipped strawberries on my wedding night. Because marshmallows contain gelatin, which is not vegan, many marshmallows are not vegan. For example, I didn’t know about the beer! With a natural and delicate vanilla flavour, these marshmallows go down a treat! Check out that No Meat Athlete post I linked to – tons of info! EVERYTIME I eat a marshmallow, I get a ton of e-mails and comments warning me that marshmallows are “not vegetarian.”  Technically, marshmallows aren’t vegetarian at all – they contain gelatin, which is derived from the collagen inside animals’ skin and bones. Why are you okay with it? Great topic!! One is what you wear the others are what you EAT. I don’t drink often, but I do drink & I’m sure not all of it is 100% veg friendly — I’m okay with that though. I considered becoming a vegetarian (though my fiance would be so unhappy) but I just don’t think I ultimately want to do that. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, you are confronted with choices. I am new to being a vegan, so right now my gray area is pretty large! It’s what they’re there for (Genesis, anyone? I suppose for me it’s what I ingest. “Vegan Guinness Chocolate Cucpakes.” I’m totally LOLing right now. I basically consider myself an at-home vegan (or as close to it as possible) and an out-on-the-town vegetarian. I’m of the mind where if an animal must be killed/dead for the food I eat, it is not worth it. I still do dairy, but try to buy organic and have been buying Cabot veg-friendly cheese recently. Looking for the perfect, gluten, fat, nut and dairy free, vegan marshmallow? First, it doesn’t matter to me how much is left over in the final product. Since I’m single and it’s just me I don’t really buy meat to cook…And if I have the option of tofu and/or lots of veggies I do it 🙂. Every little thing each individual can do to make a difference adds up to a big change for animals, the earth, and people everywhere. The gray area for me is weird. I gave up most forms of meat years ago, but still eat poultry. This is sucha good post! Every thing I do is a choice, and I don’t want the word “vegan” do define who I am. My gray line includes eating marshmallows and drinking ‘animal’ beer, but not animal-based broth. I have eaten French onion soup, because I was in France and I wanted to eat it while I was there! Sometimes I have a bite of rice a the Mexican joint, even though I’m pretty sure it’s made with chicken broth. yes, the animal isn’t killed when milk is taken, but i don’t feel okay or justified in using another living being for something, especially when i can live a full and beautiful life without these products. some vegetarians use this as an argument for vegetarianism) and that their behaviour isn’t very consequent. As far as vegetarian items go… i think it’s up to the individual to decide their own personal gray area. i am trying to be more mindful of my purchases – i live in a community while i do a year of service and we have a fixed grocery budget with lots of people to feed which translates to cheap food. I still have a moment of pause when I think about it. Thanks for the article. Love this post! I know that I need to learn to be at peace with listening to my body, all-or-nothing attitudes and expectations get me nowhere. To each their own! I feel like a lot of people are so quick to call themselves a ‘vegan’ or ‘vegetarian’ for the sake of the title, without truly delving into reason and rationalization. The resulting marshmallows are extremely fluffy, and taste delicious too. I can honestly eat an entire small box in one sitting. Love this post – and completely agree. On the other hand, if one is veg. I split some meals with my roommate and she is definitely not a veggie lover. I’m pretty strict when it comes to things like gelatin, cheese and non-vegetarian alcohol, but that’s mainly because the gelatin thing creeps me out, and (perhaps luckily) I’m not a fan of any of the non-veggie cheeses/alcohols/soups. Traditional marshmallows are loaded with unnatural ingredients and made with gelatin (a yucky animal-based ingredient, look it up). I could not agree with you more about what we eat being an incredibly personal decision. However, it is a wonderful byproduct that I’m helping animals and the environment as well. This is a really interesting post, Caitlin! I’m vegetarian and I eat marshmallows. You know, in the beginning, when you’re learning and want to share your new found knowledge with everyone?? When I moved to Australia, I had to start carrying a little pamphlet around because they use numbers on labels instead of ingredients for a lot of things and I had no clue what was okay and what wasn’t! I disagree with most of these posts. My biggest shock was GUM. I’m with you on the gelatin. Gelatin is not only found in most marshmallows, but it's also found in many candies, fruit snacks, gummy snacks, medications, etc. I think we’d all be better off if we just stopped labeling the way we eat, whether it’s vegetarian, vegan, lacto-ovo, pescatarian, etc. I don’t like the taste of it) mostly about my not always vegetarian cheese and whine. Every little bit counts! on Mar 18th, 2011 at 9:45 am [edit] We do not sell personal information.It is recommended that you consult with a qualified health care professional before making a diet change. What about marshmallows? I’m growing a little tired of being told the caterer sent along a tuna sandwich for my vegetarian lunch. People usually look at me like I have two heads, but I think it tastes like liquefied beef jerky or something. I find it annoying that people call themselves vegetarians when they are not because it confuses the general public so much. I’m ready for the firestorm of vegan critique. How many harvest mice are killed and made homeless every harvest? It’s not about the labels, it’s about the animals, and it’s about your health, and it’s about the environment. That’s more important to me than what other people think. I became Vegan last July – “cold turkey” LOL. OUCH! The list goes on and on. I break out and get headaches! I would say that 80% of my diet is vegetarian. I recently switched to a vegetarian lifestyle after years of internal debate. (Chains can be iffy, as can really high-end restaurants. For example, one of my medications comes in a gel cap; I won’t ingest it, so I spill the contents on to a spoon of applesauce, but I still get that pill because the medication works for me. So you are undoubtedly doing well comparatively. Rennet is also used in a lot of fresh mozzerellas as well, in addition to parm. 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