Does the eating of mock meat mock vegetarians who gave up real meat, or non-vegetarians who cling to real meat?
A theory says mock meats (vegetarian/vegan food that mimics the appearance and taste of various real meats) were initially invented by meat-sellers for making more money, so that when some folks turned vegetarian, they can sell them the mock version of their meats, as long as they would like to have some food which resembles real meat. I think this is a skilful means, albeit accidental and commercial in nature, that helps to gradually wean people off real meat. In time to come, more vegetarians manufacture and improve more mock meats themselves. That said, there are many creative ‘think-out-of-the-box’ vegetarian patties and such that do not resemble any meat, while tasting better!
With more mock meats tasting similar to, and sometimes even better than real meats, those who are attached to meat merely for its taste have increasingly less reasons not to turn vegetarian! Nowadays, there is the mock version of almost every popular meat… chicken, fish, prawn, beef, mutton… Mock meats do add to the variety of vegetarian food, ensuring that it is never dull in comparison to non-vegetarian food, that in terms of taste, vegetarians have nothing to lose! Of course, proper nutrition by balancing diet with actual fruits, grains, beans, nuts, vegetables etc. is important. It’s good news though, that these days, more mock meats are created using healthier ingredients.
Despite the above understanding of the rationale of having mock meats, there is a question raised by many a cynical non-vegetarian, who think vegetarians who eat mock meats are hypocritical. The question asked is usually in this format – ‘If you really do not wish to eat meat, why eat mock meat? Doing so, aren’t you still attached to meat?’ The honest answers of many vegetarians are surprisingly simple, and often wise and witty. Here are some to share.
1. ‘When I eat mock meat, I don’t think of it as meat at all – because it isn’t meat anyway!’
2. ‘If I’m really attached to meat, why am I not eating meat?’
3. ‘Maybe it’s you who’re attached to meat, which is why you don’t settle for mock meat!’
4. ‘I’m attached only to the taste of mock meat, not to the taste of meat!’
5. ‘Well, no animal gets killed for my mock meat while animals get killed for your meat!’
6. ‘Better for the animals that I’m attached to mock meat than to their meat!’
7. If you have another answer to add, please add it to the comment section below!
Whether mock meat was created out of compassion or greed, it can always be eaten out of compassion and not greed.
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