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Do "fake meats" gross you out?

  • Yes, they make me feel sick, like I'm actually eating meat!

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  • Sort of, but they are convenient to use and I know it's not really meat.

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  • Nope, I love them! They make being a veggie so much easier and more delicious!

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I have now been vegetarian for 15 months and vegan for 12 months. When I first went veggie, I used fake meats a lot........but I have noticed lately that because it's been so long since I've eaten meat, the fake meats taste like the real thing to me, and after I eat the fake meats I feel almost sick to my stomach. Blah! So, I think I am going to give up the fake meats now.......and concentrate on other protein sources like beans and tofu (I don't consider tofu a fake meat - just those Boca burgers and such). That will probably be healthier for me anyway, but I am just wondering if any of you have experienced anything like this, too!
 

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Oh, and though I have been vegan for the past year (well, about 97% vegan), there have been a few times (truly only a few!) I have eaten a teensy bit of cheese or had coffee creamer. Now, I am no longer even craving or wanting these things - I feel sick tasting them, I can taste the animal oil and fat and everything. Ugh. I am happy I feel this way, but has anyone else noticed that the longer they are vegetarian (or pretty much almost vegan) they get to a point where their body rebels against ANY animal product, no matter how minute?
 

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I know what you mean, I voted sort of as I happily eat soya mince, burgers, sausages etc. Although I've tried "bacon", "ham" "chicken" & "fishfinger" type substitutes they are sometimes a little too realistic for my liking. It's when they try to make something look like the animal it really bothers me (I heard about fake lobster *shudder*)! I try not to base my whole diet on substitutes though as I'd rather experiment with tofu, lentils, beans etc and I think it's much healthier.
 

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I have been a vegetarian since 1990 and I enjoy fake meats. The closer they come to "the real thing" the better, because I still miss real meat - though I am committed to NEVER eating it again.<br><br><br><br>
I don't care what my food looks like...I wouldn't have a problem eating a fake lobster look a like...so long as it is FAKE.<br><br><br><br>
Kids have been eating cookies and candies shaped like people, well for a long time...it doesn't mean that they want to eat an actual person.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by mushroom</i><br><br><b>Kids have been eating cookies and candies shaped like people, well for a long time...it doesn't mean that they want to eat an actual person.</b></div>
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When I first went vegetarian, I found that I leaned more on the fake meats than anything else. As I educated myself more about nutrition, I expanded my receipes to include more healthy stuff like stir-fried veggies and brown rice. The more receipes I tried, the less I really wanted the fake meat. I tried eating a boca burger a few weeks ago and it was nasty. And I had some fake sausage patties in the freezer that I tried to eat the following week. Those weren't as good as I remember them either. I just don't like the taste of the fake meats anymore. The boca burger made me feel sick to my stomach (even the next day when I thought about it). So, I don't buy them anymore.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by mushroom</i><br><br><b>Kids have been eating cookies and candies shaped like people, well for a long time...it doesn't mean that they want to eat an actual person.</b></div>
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If a cookie tasted like a person, couldn't we then question whether the kid who eats it really would like to eat a person? If the "fake meats" in question were only SHAPED like pork chops but beared no resemblence in taste... Well, I guess there are veggie "burgers" that are not meat-like at all.<br><br><br><br>
I just bought some veggitinos because I want to make some spagbo. I like some meat-replicas, but not all.
 

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Interesting, Max, but I get the feeling that some feel certain superiority in not eating fake meats. I remember breaksforsquirels had that attitude, while she continued to eat real dairy and even real fish.<br><br><br><br>
I don't think it matters what a person likes to eat, so long as no one gets hurt. (Isn't that the point?) Cooking for 7 can be a daunting task and I find the frozen burgers etc. very handy to have around...my kids love 'em.
 

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Mush, I'll certainly agree that nobody could ever argue that eating "fake-meat" compromises one's "vegetarian-ness" but it certainly is interesting that some of us, and I do include myself to a degree, still like meat-like foods. If something like a thing is good, isn't the real thing better, so you're eating better food if you eat meat?<br><br><br><br>
Something Platonically-true in that, but only if you minimize the importance of ethical issues of being vegetarian, and I don't think anyone here, save T-diddy perhaps, does that.<br><br><br><br>
So I don't agree that is anything difference of ethics between a vegetarian who eats fake-meat and one who does not. It could as-easily argued that the fake-meat-eating vegetarian promotes a meat-substitute that the other does not, and in so promotes the conversion cause more effectively. I wouldn't stand that argument up by itself, but it's an argument nonetheless.<br><br><br><br>
I have enough trouble cooking for one (myself)...
 

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It has been 28 years since I have eaten meat. So I really have no idea if the fake meats taste like the real thing. I don't remember how meat taste. I very seldom buy fake meat items because of the expense. I mostly make my own fake meats, but I don't equate them with meat in any way. The fake bacon is pretty good for BLTs.
 

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I have always wanted to ask this question:<br><br><br><br>
Do fake meats actually taste like real meats? Like yarnblossom, I have no idea how real meat tastes like since I was born a veg.<br><br><br><br>
If the real meat taste anything like fake meat then the maxim is true: Flesh-eating is an acquired taste.<br><br><br><br>
Fake meats grosses my mom out and as a result, only my wife, my dad, and I go to a local Chinese vegan restaurant in Seattle (Bamboo Garden) that servers fake meat. Even my best friend told me not to take him to a fake meat restaurant again. Apparently, even though they know it is pure veg, they just can't stand the look and taste of "fake meat".<br><br><br><br>
I guess I'm the adventurous type. I like to eat the fake meat within the context of spicy Chinese or Thai dishes but can't stand stuff like Boca Burger, fake sausages, fake buffalo wings, etc. I am willing to try anything as long as it doesn't contain animal flesh and tastes good.
 

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When i first started going veggie, i ate Boca Burgers all the time. Now i'm trying to limit the amount of processed foods i eat for health reasons. I do have one box of vegan Boca burgers in my freezer right now but i bet they last a few months!<br><br>
I really prefer eating nuts, seeds, beans, and tofu instead.
 

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I use some of these items for convenience's sake: like tofu dogs, or veggie bologna.<br><br><br><br>
I don't like the meaty taste, persay, but it's nice to have something super fast and easy that also fits in with the eating habits of the 'outside world', so to speak! For example, I really like being able to eat something at family barbeques... Sure I could just bring salad, but that gets boring after a while, and my family also feels less awkward when I don't seem so 'left out'.<br><br><br><br>
And besides, what's simpler than a tube of protein in a bun?<br><br><br><br>
Also, for sandwiches, I get darned tired of PB&J right quick. It's nice to have an alternative for a change.<br><br><br><br>
I don't eat this stuff very often, though. Some products definitely taste way too meat-y, and they gross me out, but others are pretty benign, and I don't mind them too much.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
My other motivation is that sometimes it's nice to have something rich tasting, and/or roasted, etc. Once in a while I like the tougher chewy texture, as I'm very texture prone. (But not too meaty! Eww!)<br><br><br><br>
So I guess that makes me a 'sort of'.
 

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I went to a restaurant one time and ordered a veggie burger and it tasted so much like a real burger that I had to ask the waitress if she was sure this was a veggie burger. She said it was but I couldn't eat it cuz I kept thinking, this can't be fake. I don't like them if they taste too much like hamburger.<br><br><br><br>
Hard Rock Cafe's veggie burgers are the best! Spicy garden vegetable flavors.
 

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The only time they grossed me out was when I suspected they might not be fake and they might be fooling me. I just think of what they are really made of-soy for instance. So that thought doesn't gross me out.
 

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I'm pretty much indifferent. Don't love them... don't hate them... I'll eat them when the mood strikes.
 

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I don't personally find that Boca burgers taste much like meat. There's a slight similarity but I think it's mainly due to the way the burgers are "dressed" the same as meat burgers (same bun, tomato, pickles, etc.). But just the patties, on their own, don't taste like meat to me. YMMV.<br><br><br><br>
What <i>does</i> come alarmingly close to the real thing, IMO, are the fake chicken products such as the Chik'n nuggets and patties. The similarity in taste and texture is striking. When I first went veggie, the one food I missed the most was chicken nuggets--so I was really thankful for the substitutes.<br><br><br><br>
Has anybody tried Quorn products? I made the Quorn turkey-style roast for Thanksgiving. I took one bite and spit it out because it tasted so much like turkey--I ran back to the box and had to re-read it to be sure it wasn't actually meat. Once satisfied that it wasn't, I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Makes nice little sandwiches, too. Even my cat is convinced. He practically bites my fingers off when I offer it to him.
 

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I enjoy fake meats from time to time; they're a bit too pricey to eat on a regular basis. The only time I'm bothered is when they seem too real, or when they just taste gross (Lightlife's cold cuts - yuck!).<br><br>
Actually, many of my favorite fake meats don't taste much at all like they're supposed to - flavor or texture wise. I love Health is Wealth chicken-free nuggets - yum! If only they weren't $4 a box... ouch
 

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I would not say that they gross me out because they taste like meat. However, I have only had one veggiebuger that was not completely disgusting in flavor on its own merits. (Fake cheese is even worse!)
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by kpickell</i><br><br><b>I went to a restaurant one time and ordered a veggie burger and it tasted so much like a real burger that I had to ask the waitress if she was sure this was a veggie burger. She said it was but I couldn't eat it cuz I kept thinking, this can't be fake. I don't like them if they taste too much like hamburger.<br><br><br><br>
Hard Rock Cafe's veggie burgers are the best! Spicy garden vegetable flavors.</b></div>
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I try to avoid eating veg burgers and fries at restaurants for the following reasons:<br><br><br><br>
1) Veg burgers may be cooked on the same grill used for flesh burgers.<br><br><br><br>
2) Fries may be cooked in the same oil vat as chicken wings, shrimp, and calamari.<br><br><br><br>
So watch out for the above.
 
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