Commonly asked question

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One thing I’ve heard a lot since I’ve become vegetarian (and which I imagine others have as well) is the question: “Why would a vegetarian, who doesn’t eat meat, want to eat fake meat? There are so many of them in the stores.”

My answer is simple, and one I’m surprised I have to say so frequently. My choice to not eat meat wasn’t because I hated the taste of meat. In fact, I bet that almost every vegetarian liked the taste of meat when they gave it up for either ethical or health reasons. So, just because I don’t eat meat doesn’t mean that I miss the taste of a Big Mac or cheese-stuffed chicken on occasion, so that’s why I appreciate the meat alternatives, for when I’m in the mood for that taste. I’m just glad that products as versatile as the soy bean can be used to create such a close-tasting replica to the “real thing” without any animal suffering involved and with significant health benefits.

3 Responses to “Commonly asked question”

  1. Paul

    Which makes me wonder, then, when we finally DO have replicators as they do in Star Trek – which don’t create foodstuffs out of anything but waste products (yum!) – will vegetarians still have that same reason to fall back on?

    This is, of course, a current issue. As a bonus it reveals my inner Trek geek.

  2. Randall

    My girlfriend gave up meat mainly because she didn’t like the taste- so she also does not like meat substitute style foods. Each to their own really, everyone has a different reason for being vegetarian.

  3. Michaela

    I couldn’t imagine being a vegetarian or a vegan. However, I respect your right to choose that way of life.

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