One of the things that keep cropping up whenever vegan food crops up in social media, is why does it always resemble meat? Or “faux meat” as I call it.
As a vegetarian of over 30 years (and thus aligned with vegans; even if I’m not a “good vegan”), I very rarely eat faux meat; and when I do it’s out of curiosity. Not to see how closely they resemble meat, but to see if they were a viable choice.
V* (meaning vegetarian and vegan) food doesn’t need a meat substitute. There’s plenty of fine choices out there that don’t miss the rotting corpses a bit.
So where does this belief come from? There’s three possible reasons why faux meat choices exist :-
- New v*s miss certain meat dishes and seek faux meat to fill the gap in their diet. Fair enough.
- Meat eaters who for one reason or another seek to swap out meat for a meat-free alternative. Fair enough.
- Companies who market these products as being what v*s actually want. Whether they’re right or not kind of depends on how large groups 1&2 are.