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  1. Cheri Lundstrom says:

    I figure people should eat whatever makes them happy. Soy products do not agree with me at all nor do most legumes. Almond milk takes enormous amounts of water and is ecologically not sustainable. I don’t drink milk anymore. Goat milk seems to be a better choice if I really desire milk. I haven’t found a fake meat that works for me and find that the added cost is more than I can afford.

  2. I think it’s a complex issue, on one hand these products are saving animal suffering – which is very important. On the other hand a lot of plastic waste is created from these products, which in turn can impact animals and is harming our planet. Plus in terms of ingredients, I’ve seen a lot of these options use vegetable oils as the main ingredient, as well as other ingredients that I wouldn’t want to regularly consume (flavour enhancers etc). Depending on their diet, consumers may need to be mindful of whether they are getting enough nutrition from these products – as you say, there are definitely some good products out there, but also some not so good ones. Each to their own I suppose 😀

    1. Excellent points about plastic waste and ingredients. We face the same dilemma with tofu and tempeh and convenience in general. It’s not easy!

  3. Thank you for this article. Vegans don’t lack integrity if they eat fake meat. I would garner to say that the overwhelming majority of vegans started out eating animal bodies/flesh and their “by-products.” Our meat eating society is a direct result of indoctrination. Our parents, their parents, etc had meat put on their plates from toddler on and here we are. It is probably a rare vegan that didn’t like the taste of a burger, hotdog, grilled cheese sandwich, scrambled eggs, and the list goes on. Fake meats and nondairy alternatives provide vegans with those same tastes but without the guilt and animal cruelty. Fake meats afford vegans and veg curious the ability to eat what tastes good. No one can claim that most of the alternatives are much better for our health or even the environment but for ethical vegans it is all about the suffering inherent in big agriculture. I personally am vegan and have been for years. I welcome every plant based alternative that has been coming our way. There is basically nothing now that cannot be made vegan. Now whether enough people come onboard in time to save our beautiful planet is a whole other discussion….

  4. Mary Franceschini says:

    I have to admit that once a week or so, I do eat chicken, but I always aim for “humanely raised” and local farmers. I do not eat red meat. I eat a vegan sandwich for a snack or just have a banana with berries. My main choice is pasta, rice, or potatoes with veggies for meals.

  5. Lesley Ericson says:

    I do not like burgers , steak , bacon etc , so see no reason to eat ” fake ‘ versions of these.