Accidentally eating meat is pretty much the worst thing that can happen to you if you're a vegetarian. (Or if you’re a vegan, accidentally eating anything that comes from an animal.) But the peddlers of meat (and animal products that are not meat) have sophisticated and insidious ways of making vegetarians and vegans accidentally eat flesh. These meat-free redditors shared their horror stories of when they dropped their constant vigilance and didn’t know they were putting meat into their bodies… until it was too late.
1. Thunderape forgot that there are two words called chili and that one means vegetables and the other means meat sauce.
When ordering food for delivery and I figured I just wanted some fries but with something extra, so I chose 'chili fries', and in my mind that means fries with chili peppers or maybe hot sauce.
Anyway it turned up and it was chili con carne they meant (an outrage that the meat part isn't written out but just taken for granted). It wasn't a whole lot the "chili", but it was enough to have to throw away the fries if I wanted to avoid it completely, and I was a bit intoxicated at the moment so I figured why waste it. It was too chewy, tasted like spicy sweat, and it made me gassy as hell the following day.
Not a mistake I will repeat.
2. Therealdani's father tricked them into eating meat. LOL, classic dad humor, rejecting your moral beliefs and personal choices like that!
we were making soy chicken patties in the oven and i didn't realize my dad put a real one in with them. i ate it without even noticing and AFTER i ate it my dad was laughing and he just told me i ate chicken. spending my fourth of july throwing up chicken and a lot of beer. i feel like shit. has this ever happened to anyone?
3. This is a pretty good endorsement for fake chicken, if a long-time vegetarian like maffoobristol can’t tell the difference right away.
I'm a vegetarian and have been for about 14 years, and I accidentally ate a chicken fillet today thinking it was Quorn (I went to ASDA after the pub last night and bought loads of veggie burgers and such things, must've grabbed it by mistake).
It did seem a bit springy and not like normal faux meat products, and I double checked the box and realised it was chicken. My instant reaction was to grab a bottle of vinegar and try and make myself sick, and then spent the next hour or so making myself throw it all up. I know it shouldn't matter and most meat-eaters would find doing something like that silly, but there was just a revulsion at knowing I had a dead animal inside my body- and I didn't feel I could cope with the guilt and shame of digesting it.
Pre-ordered a meal with a bunch of work colleagues, they know I'm vegan, I was carefully ordered the vegan dish. It gets served, I start it eat it. Aaaand it's bolognese. Straight up bolognese. I'd had a couple drinks already so I didn't notice right away. The staff were very apologetic, but I felt sick all evening :( I guess the moral is, never trust other people? :P Double and triple check everything I suppose. It's the only way, as sometimes people don't realise how important it is to you.
5. After accidentally eating ham, mattoz85 brought home the leftovers.
It's happened to me twice as far as I know. I've been vegetarian almost 9 years. About a year or two in, I ordered penne vodka in a dimly-lit Italian restaurant. I ended up taking half of the entree home for the next day. What I thought were tomato chunks were actually pieces of pancetta.
6. BadAtPsychology forgot for a moment that chicken has chicken in it.
A few months after becoming vegetarian I was about to leave my house and decided that I should eat quick snack because I knew I wouldn't be able to eat for a few hours. The quickest thing I could find to make was dry top ramen. I crushed up the dry noodles, added the broth, and shook it around. I took a bite out of a chuck of dry noodle, swallowed, and thought to myself, "Man, I love chicken top ramen... Chicken... ah shit." and I felt like a huge idiot. Pretty sure that was the last time I consumed an animal though.
7. Those $1 tacos are vegetarian, Cinemandrew. Beef isn’t meat, right?
My sister once told me that the $1 tacos at Jack in the Box were vegetarian. I figured she was telling the truth since she wasn't a prankster, and has been vegetarian for longer than me. I'm ashamed to admit that I just blindly accepted her information, and for about a year, I ate them without hesitation. I was much younger, and apparently much stupider back then.
8. First of all, veggiebutt has a cruel brother. Second of all, what the heck is “steak juice”?
My 15 year old brother has intentionally put steak juice in my food when he believes I am not looking. Caught him the second time. Disgusting.
9. Nothing like a tall, cold glass of chicken broth after a long day, right, vapevapevapevapevapevapeBot?
Came back from a 15 hour work shift. Got high. Thought chicken broth in fridge was chocolate almond milk (similar packaging). Proceeded to chug chicken broth. Realized my mistake and how dumb it was.
10. For trebleclefanie, almond milk can cover up the taste of anything. That’s some strong almond milk.
I love almond milk. One time my boyfriend and I were at his parents' house and he was pouring cereal for me. He accidentally poured some chicken broth into the cereal before he realized it was the wrong thing. Then he poured almond milk into it. When I ate the cereal, I was like "this tastes funny. is this milk okay?" And my boyfriend ignored me until after I finished eating it, which is when he told me his mistake.
11. User connoisseurusveg blames the supposed intricacies of the Thai language for her mistake.
The last time it happened my boyfriend and I ordered veggie dumplings at a Thai restaurant. I was starving and gobbled one down immediately. He went more slowly and started shaking his head at me as soon he bit into his. Had a moment of panic, as I always do in those situations, but then let it go. Later found out that there's apparently some similarity somewhere in the English and Thai versions of "pork" and "vegetable." Anyway, getting to the point, it'll happen. No sense in freaking out about it.
12. BowerRimini tricked his vegetarian friend into eating meat, and it apparently converted him.
I once gave my friend (who had gone about 6 months without meat) a piece of a cheese and bacon panini. I had no idea that he was vegetarian until he asked me what I had just fed him. I told him what it was and after a minute of freaking out, he was fine. He now eats more meat than a T-rex.
13. And finally, p_kell speaks truth about how most young vegetarians end up eating meat.
I accidentally ordered a soup with pork and I ate it because I am a cheap ass bitch