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I give the brand first and the product name in quotes. Vegan means no animal products at all. Everything I list is natural (no junk) unless I state otherwise. Measurements are in grams unless otherwise stated.

Yves Veggie Cuisine, "Veggie Deli Slices"
Vegan. Kosher parve. No fat, preservatives, or nitrates. Mostly soy protein and wheat gluten. I love this stuff. It looks like baloney and can be used as a substitute for it. I can't say if it tastes like baloney though cause I haven't had the "real thing" since the 1970's or so. It's really nice fried in oil or nuked with cheese. It's fine cold but if you're not used to the taste of soy products, you may not like it. I've tasted several other brands and this one is by far the best. You can get it in Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and other health food stores.
Yves Fine Foods, Inc., a subsidiary of Yves Veggie Cuisine, Inc. Delta (Vancouver), BC Canada V3M 6R9. yvc@yvesveggie.com http://www.yvesveggie.com/

Serving Size 3.5 slices, 52 grams
Calories 60
Total Fat 0
Saturated Fat 0
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 460 mg
Potassium 130 mg
Total Carbohydrate 2
Dietary Fiber 0
Sugars 0
Protein 13
Vit A 0%; Vit C 0%; Calcium 2%; Iron 8%; Thiamin 15%; Vit B12 15%;
Pantothenic Acid 6%

El Burrito Mexican Food Products, Inc., "Soyrizo Meatless Soy Chorizo"
Vegan. Mostly TVP (textured vegetable protein). It is a vegetarian version of a Mexican pork sausage (it's "gushy" not firm). This product is soooo good it's amazing. It's a bit spicy but even my sensitive palate can handle it fine mixed with other things. Use it in place of ground beef or sausage in stir fries, Mexican food, etc. A little goes a long way. The catch...yes, there is a catch...it's hard to find. Trader Joe's carried it for a few months and stopped because it wasn't selling well enough (TJ's does that often). I called up El Burrito and they told me I am one of many people who called looking for the product. It's being carried by Whole Foods in Southern California and they're in negotiations with WF of Northern California. They plan to take this product nationwide...it's already in various stores. I called the Bay Area distributor (fall 98) and they're calling me back with a list of local stores that have it. They are coming out with a similar product called soy taco (same thing with different spices) which Trader Joe's will sell under their own label (it's out, it's yummy, and it's even lower in carbs!). They also plan to make veggie Polish sausage and Italian sausage. These are the only vegetarian products El Burrito makes, besides things like salsa.
You can reach El Burrito at 1-800-933-7828. Industry, CA 91745

Serving Size 2 oz, 55 grams
Calories 120
Total Fat 9
Saturated Fat 1
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 480 mg
Total Carbohydrate 6
Fiber 3
Sugar 2
Protein 7
Vit A 15%; Vit C 2%; Calcium 6%; Iron 10%

Worthington Foods, "Prosage Vegetable and Grain Protein Roll"
Contains small amounts of eggs and dairy products. Kosher dairy. Mostly TVP (soy protein and wheat gluten). No preservatives. Contains all sorts of junky things: hydrogenated oils, carrel color, etc. It comes in a long roll. It can be sliced but mostly is a substitute for ground beef. When you see the carb count you'll see why I decided to try it. Never again. Well, someone else may like it fine...I guess the taste wasn't so bad. It gave me migraines, so there's something junky in there I'm reacting too. It doesn't fry very well but it makes a decent meatloaf. It has the texture and color of cooked ground beef. It has very little flavor. If you add lots of spicy food too it, it's okay. Just adding cheese wasn't enough. You can find it in the freezer section of any store carrying fake meat
Worthington Foods, Inc. Worthington, Ohio 43085.

Serving Size 5/8" slice, 55 grams
Calories 140
Total Fat 10
Saturated Fat 2
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 390 mg
Potassium 80 mg
Total Carbohydrate 2
Dietary Fiber 2
Sugars 0
Protein 10
Vit A 0%; Vit C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 10%; Thiamin 70%; Riboflavin 10%;
Vit B12 15%

Soyfresh Unsweetened Soy Beverage
In the refrigerated section in a plastic 1 qt bottle. $2.99.
|All the soy milks I've ever seen are at least 10 grams of carbs per cup (8 oz). Many are as high as 25 or 30. This is for unflavored. Here's one that's truly unsweetened. (Another unsweetened is made by Westbrae) It tastes...well...unsweetened. But it's a good clear taste and will be excellent for cooking with or adding to recipes with other ingredients. I tried heating some up and adding stevia and vanilla but it was only so-so. I'll try again when I can find my bag of carob powder. Regular milk seems to have about 12-13 grams of carbs per cup. So this product is great for anyone wanting "milk" but can't have it because of the carb counts. It's also perfect for vegans and people avoiding dairy for any reason. I've cut out all dairy since my allergy to it seems to be coming back. This product is a godsend to me right now.
Made by: Quong Hop & Co, South San Francisco, CA 94080

Serving size: 1 cup (236 ml)
Servings per container: 4
Calories: 90
Total fat: 4.5 grams
Sodium: 10 mg
Total Carbs: 4 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Sugars: 0 grams
Protein: 10 grams
Ingredients: Water, Whole organic soybeans

Lightlife Smart Dogs

Serving Size - 1 link
Servings per container - 8
Calories - 45
Fat calories - 0
Total Fat - 0g
Cholest. - 0mg
Sodium - 170mg
Total Carb - 1g
Fiber - 0g
Sugars - 0g
Protein - 9g
Ingredients: Water, isolated soy protein, vital wheat gluten, natural flavors from vegetable sources, salt, evaporated cane juice, spice extracts, paprika oleoresin, carageenan, vegetable gum, NO NITRITES.
Lightlife Foods is at P.O. Box 870, Greenfield, MA 01302. 1-800-274-6001.
The price for the package was $2.49.

Yves Veggie Ground Round
This stuff is great. It is like browned lean ground beef. It doesn't really taste like meat but it has a good texture and serves similar purposes. You can't really make burgers or meatloaf out of the ground round but it's wonderful in casseroles, stirfries, and other dishes. More protein per pound than beef!

Serving Size: 1/3 cup
Servings Per Container: 6
Calories: 60
Calories From Fat: 0
Total Fat: 0
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 250mg
Potassium: 220mg
Total Carbohydrate: 3g
Dietary Fiber: 3g (I assume it is rounded up from 2.5 grams)
Sugars: 1g (I assume it is rounded up from .5 grams)
Protein 12g
Ingredients: Water, textured soy protein, textured wheat protein, natural flavor, soy sauce, malt extract, salt, onion powder, evaporated cane juice, tomato paste, carrageenan, garlic powder, spices, wheat germ, oat bran, rice starch, beet root powder, nutritional yeast. And various vitamins and minerals.
Yves Fine Foods/Yves Veggie Cuisine
Delta (Vancouver), BC Canada V3M 6R9
http://www.yvesveggie.com/, yvc@yvesveggie.com
$2.39 for 12 oz.

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From: cnorman@best.com (Cyndi Norwitz)
Newsgroups: alt.support.diet.low-carb
Subject: Re: Low-Carb Vegetarian Foods
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 10:09:15 -0700

> I live on morningstar farms breakfast patties, links and bacon

I've got some morningstar products in the freezer but haven't tried them yet. [Tried the sausages...they taste good and are very lowcarb but they give me the same sick feeling as the other Worthington product I tried. Worthington and Morningstar Farms are the same company.]

> I also love Lightlife lean italian links but have to watch those - 5 carbs for one hot dog sized link.

Those are good, yep. There are various veggie hotdogs around. My fav is smartdogs but other brands are good too. Don't have a carb count at the moment.

> I like Yves pepperoni and eat a LOT of the veggie ground round.

Yves is a great brand.

> But I need to find some low carb veggie "Gelatin" (Many people don't realize it's made from bones)

Yeah it's amazing how many people are surprised to see someone decline Jello because they are a vegetarian. But you're in luck, there are veggie alternatives. Mostly, agar agar. It's a seaweed. Sold in flakes or powder. There probably are some agar agar based gelatin products if you look hard enough. There certainly are bunches of recipes using it (be sure to use powder if it calls for powder and flakes if it calls for flakes...that's a mistake you only make once!!). Agar agar is expensive per lb but that doesn't matter cause you only use tiny bits. It helps make a good vegan cheese, btw. I think I remember there are other vegan sources of gelatin but I can't for the life of me remember what they are.

I'm glad to see other vegetarians here! I'll get my list of foods up on the web soon. It will be a link from my existing recipe page (many high-carb recipes, beware!). I also plan to give meal and snack ideas using these foods. I ran out of steam yesterday when I posted :-).

As a tempter...one of my favorite snacks is 4 pieces provolone, topped with 4 pieces Yves deli slices (baloney) (put the bigger one on the bottom). Add a dab of mayo (or mustard if you prefer) and a pickle slice. Roll it up and eat it. I'll have to calculate the total again but it's something like 4 carbs for the total of the 4 roll-ups.

You can find recipes at http://www.consultclarity.com/recipes/

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