I was asked in a comment why vegans eat fake meat if they don’t actually like meat?
I can’t answer for everybody on this, only myself, as all vegans are different and some eat fake meat while others are repulsed by it.
For me personally I am not vegan because I don’t like meat, infact I do like the taste of chicken and certain fish even if I can barely remember the taste as it’s been so long since I ate them. I am vegan because I don’t believe it’s right to eat animals.
Fake meat may be very processed which some vegans are against, Though then they are usually health vegans and not so my h ethical vegans. However fake meat can also be fortified not to mention a great way to get protein and can often have c.a 20g (more or less) protein per 100g which is similar to chicken, protein wise, even if the aminoacids amount may not be the same (the nutrition need in me kicking in!)
So why eat fake meat?
It adds texture and different taste and flavours to meat. Often when just eating whole foods it can become sort of mushy one beans, lentils, over cooked vegetables and by adding fake meat it can add some different texture to the meal. However if you cook your whole foods right then you will go all the different textures and flavours you need without the fake meat!!
It can make it easier to eat out or with friends. For example if you are going grilling or to a friend’s for dinner it’s easier to just buy a vegan version of what they are making/eating for example vegan sausages or burgers or vegan mince.
It can make different “normal” meals vegan. Example when you are a beginner vegan it can be easier to just veganized your favourite meals example buy vegan mince to make lasagne, buy vegan meat balls to make pasta and meat balls etc and then in the future maybe they will begin making lentil Bolognese or lasagne with lentils and bean burgers instead of vegan store bought burgers etc
It can make it easier for non vegans and beginner vegans to make the change. As first mentioned, many new vegans say they miss their old favourite or miss the chewiness of meat and so fake meat is a great option, not to mentiin not as time consuming to cook as it is with whole foods. It can be the first step towards a vegan diet and in time maybe more plants such as lentils, beans, vegetables, potatoes etc will be used to cook with.
Also when eating out many times seitan or soy meat products are used in dishes and are a great alternative/option.
Why people don’t eat fake meat?
They think it’s too processed. I.e unhealthy.
It’s too similar to meat and they don’t like the texture or taste of meat.
They prefer whole foods and cooking from scratch.
Allergic to soy, which is often the most common form of fake meat.
And many other reasons.
I personally like fake meat. It saves me time, it adds chewiness to my meals, it tastes good! However I don’t understand the strange vegan fake meat that is shaped as fish or chicken or shrimps, that is far too realistic and off putting for me, but i know soke vegans do like it, so I guess it’s good that it’s available! We all like different foods! I prefer to cook with whole foods and use alot of vegetables, beans, lentils however fake meat is a good compliment but not something I have to eat or eat daily, usually just when I don’t have alot of time or inspiration to cook then I eat more of it! My favourite beans are oumph and tzay bit also the one product I tried from gardein was amazing but too expensive to actually buy!
So there you have some reasons why some might or might not eat fake meat!
What a your opinion on this? Do you eat it or not eat it?