I totally agree with Oatmeal's first post. I had this same discussion with a friend of mine, and he still doesn't understand my side of it. When I eat meat analogs, I'm not thinking, "wow, this feels like I'm really biting into a dead animal." To me it's just soy that has the same shape/texture/taste. I really like Soy Nuggets, and that's exactly what they are to me, soy nuggets. I don't think of them as fake chicken. So when you get right down to it, it's just the name (chicken-style, beef-style, etc.).
I don't eat Boca Burgers anymore (they're owned by Kraft, correct?), but I really like Amy's. Especially the "california burgers" which aren't supposed to be fake-anything. They're just grains and things, yum. It really is a matter of convenience, there are so many more fake meat convenient foods than vegan convenient foods. It's because they don't market them towards us, they go for a broader audience, which is why they make them like meat. There's a vegan restaurant in Chicago that has good BBQ soy. That's fine, right? Because it's not supposed to look like any certain meat? Well it's just like Gardenburger Riblets, except those *are* shaped like meat. To me it's all just soy.
Of course there are Tofurkys that are shaped like real turkeys and have wishbones, but obviously those are for the health people (or whatever other reason) who can't eat real turkey, but want to feel "normal."
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