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Green Dot: Happy Sign for Lacto-Vegetarians

On a recent trip to India, I was frustrated and thrilled about my food intakes. Traveling there, most foreigners avoid dairy products and any raw foods for fear of bacteria’s and falling seriously ill. That’s the frustrating part.

The thrilling part is amazing! Most packaged food products  have little dots on them which identify the items as vegetarian or not. Some think the little green dot means VEGAN, but that’s not necessary the case. I found after careful research, (walking through the grocery store and reading ingredients) that the item marked with the green dot is actually Lacto-vegetarian – meaning it won’t have eggs but most likely has some milk. Since I’m a lacto-vegetarian, I’m cool with this labeling. One more thing – if you ask some one for vegetarian food in India, they’ll know that you mean with out eggs too. So I got to eat some pretty amazing things care free on the trip – like eggless cake on a flight (that was a standard fare)! Bakeries will also have some eggless items. McDonald’s has some great veggie options, and their fries are veggie-friendly there.  All nice splurges I can’t get in the States.

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