This is a question I have come across so often I really had the urge to answer it.
Most people do not consider going vegetarian or vegan because they like the taste of meat and other animal products. Am I right?
With this kept in mind it is actually pretty easy to understand why there is an increasing demand for mock meats, cheeses, milks, and other vegan options to animal products.
We do not have to deny the fact that it is considered “normal, natural and necessary” to consume animal products in our society nowadays. However the demand for animal products has been rapidly increasing over the last century resulting in an increase in chronic health conditions, environmental destruction and cheap mass production.
Personally I do not know any vegan who stopped eating animal products because they didn’t like the taste.
What is more, if you are used to eating a specific way since childhood it can be very tough to change that. Chances are the foods you are used to eating feel safe and comforting to you and yes are delicious.
But if you start informing yourself on carnism and the health, environmental and ethical aspects of veganism you’ll probably feel tempted to give going vegan a try.
The main reason so many mock meats, cheeses, milks etcetera are produced is to help people transition. We all know how hard changing habits is so isn’t it a great idea to have cruelty-free, environmentally friendly and healthier products you could simply swap the products you enjoy eating out with?
Veganism is about causing as little suffering as possible so what could possibly be wrong about having a cruelty-free option to meat?
Ironically vegans are not even the main consumers of these vegan alternatives. Indeed the demand among non-vegans who try not to eat meat every day and who want to help the planet or maybe even be healthier themselves is much bigger.
With that being said what is the reason so many vegan alternatives to animal products exist?
As we have former outlined going vegan is not a taste question. It is a decision usually made after loads and loads of research. It is a decision that is not only good for one’s health, but also the planet and furthermore the 150 billion animals killed each year.
It is a decision that can help to preserve as much as possible of our precious little earth, saves resources, helps to fight world hunger, reduces the greenhouse gas emissions drastically and could probably help all of us to be more mindful, happy and compassionate.
“As long as there are slaughterhouses there will be battlefields” – Leo Tolstoy
“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” – Mahatma Gandhi
To conclude, going vegan is a decision based on so much more than taste preferences. Vegan alternatives are meant to attract people who enjoy eating animal products because of taste and what is wrong about eating a product that tastes like the one you enjoy eating but does not cause suffering and death, is healthier and better for the planet?
Let me know what you think in the comments! I’d love to hear your opinion and connect with you ❤
If you have any questions about the information I provided feel free to ask and I’ll be happy to provide the sources and futher literature.
Have an awesome day and maybe try choosing a vegan options once in a while? It surely won’t hurt anyone 😉
All my love,
Niki (from nutriousniki)
P.S: here’s a little fun fact for you! Did you know leading meat producers are investing in developing more plant-based options? They already know animal protein is not sustainable in any way and that it has no future in the long run. If meat producers are rethinking their products why don’t you? You can do this! Please please please inform yourself – for your health, our planet and the animals 🌎🐷💚