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I fed a vegetarian lard by mistake. Do I tell her?

I eat butter all the time, but gave up pork (and beef) 20 years ago. Pork, lard, bacon fat, etc., DO affect me. Badly. (Can't be far from a bathroom for a few hours after ingesting a very small amount.)

Dec 21, 2009
laurielynne in Not About Food

I fed a vegetarian lard by mistake. Do I tell her?

It DOES affect me, having been (to the best of my ability) beef- and pork-free for 20 years. Simply eating food that was cooked where pork was recently cooked causes me to have diarrhea for a few hours.

Dec 21, 2009
laurielynne in Not About Food

I fed a vegetarian lard by mistake. Do I tell her?

I have not intentionally eaten any pork products since 1989, and I can tell you that if I had eaten your bean dip with lard in it, I would have had a mildly upset stomach and diarrhea for the rest of the evening. (It's happened to me many times when I inadvertently end up eating a bite of vegetarian egg rolls that aren't, or hash browns that were cooked where some bacon was just cooked.) Maybe your friend didn't feel ill. Or maybe she didn't feel like announcing it to you or other guests at her party. But I wouldn't assume that she was OK.

Dec 21, 2009
laurielynne in Not About Food

Do Vegetarians Lose the Ability to Digest Meat?

I gave up beef and pork in 1989. A year later I gave up poultry and stayed off for a while, but have gone back and forth with poultry, which has never given me any digestive problems.

Although I have not intentionally eaten beef or pork since 1989, I have had a few incidents with beef and pork, or beef or pork stock, or foods that have been cooked on a surface where beef or pork were cooked. Some of those times, I had no idea about the beef or pork until after I started feeling ill. Symptoms? First, feeling sick to my stomach. Then (typically about 45 minutes later) a sudden, urgent need to go to the bathroom, where I have a serious bout of diarrhea. Then, for the next few hours, I can't be far from a toilet, because I'll have to go again at least a few more times.

I, too, wish someone would study this, because I'd sure like to know exactly what the cause is. Having to explain why I can't eat mashed potatoes that were "touching" sausage gravy is difficult at times. Lots of people just roll their eyes at me. :-(

Dec 21, 2009
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