Fake Meat, Real Problems

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Even though meat substitutes, like veggie burgers and hot dogs, are heavily processed and thus leave a rather large carbon footprint – they seem to get a pass because, well, because they’re not that evil red meat, we suppose.

Vegans have all the cards when it comes to treating animals with respect. Meat-eaters must rely on either biblical references to being master of the animals, or Darwinian theories regarding survival of the fittest.

The problem lies in the fact that non-meat really can’t taste like meat without a lot of processing. How many of us have tried our best to pretend that a veggie burger was just as good as a monster hamburger fresh off the grill (usually to impress a hot vegan we’d like to see more of)?

It’s a losing game.

Blogger Becky Striepe mentions a burger recipe that is not trying to taste like a beef burger. Instead, it’s a patty that accentuates the delicious flavors of healthy rice, lentils, and veggies.

We imagine that could work. If the cook is really, really hot.

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18 Responses to Fake Meat, Real Problems

  1. not so hot vegan says:

    heavily processed faked meat is as heavily processed as heavily processed real meat.

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  3. Abbadabba says:

    I don’t even bother trying to argue that there are good substitutes out there for hamburgers or dairy ice cream. Even the heavily processed stuff doesn’t make the cut and it’s loaded with mysterious ingredients anyway. Instead, I eat things that are good alternatives to meat and dairy and tasty in their own way. For example, I really like tofu as it’s own ingredient, not a substitute for an animal-based food item.

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