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  • Day 4: Dead Animals Aren’t the Only Source of Protein: Not So Fake.
  • Daily Nugget: When you stop eating meat, you stop eating what the animals eat – which usually involves unnecessary antibiotics, hormones and processed gunk.

    In the Midwest, many vegan menus mention “mock this” and “mock that”.

    Today, let’s just stop thinking of plant-based protein sources as mock anything. Let’s think of them as their own food entirely – just like pork is not fake chicken, seitan is not fake steak. Yeah, yeah, it’s a plant-based alternative, but it’s not a fake version of it. Seitan is made of wheat gluten. Do we call gluten-free bread that’s not made of wheat “fake”? No. So why would we do the same to seitan, a wheat meat?

    Think of it this way: considering all the hormones and junk pumped into animals before they are turned into meat, those “fake” products are more “real” than most meat you’ll ever eat. And they’re lower in fat and, of course, cholesterol-free.

    Packing lunch today? How about using those Tofurky slices rather than turkey? Add a little Vegenaise, lettuce and tomato.

    What are you having for dinner tonight? How about whipping up a Black Bean and Quinoa Patty? There’s nothing “fake” about this healthy burger. The recipe is right at your fingertips in the recipe section.

    Related Reading: Soy Sexy or Unsafe?