"Why are you vegan?" and other FAQs

Are you a vegetarian or vegan?  If so, do you get tired with incessantly having to answer the following questions?

- Why don't you eat meat?
- But where do you get your protein from?
- How do you cope abroad?
- But what do you eat?

Rather than continue to answer these questions to every single last person I meet, I thought I'd make an FAQ that I can direct people to (in the name of efficiency).

- Why don't you eat meat?

Let me answer this question with a question itself: why do you eat meat?  And further, why is it deemed socially inappropriate to ask people why they are religious, why they get married, why they have children, why they are obese, why they undertake many life-changing behaviours, but it is apparently OK to ask people about their own personal justification towards the types of food they consume?  Why am I vegan?  Why not.  Here's 101 reasons why I decided to become vegan.

- But where do you get your protein from?

Where do pandas and gorillas get their protein from?  You don't need to eat meat to get protein - in fact, by getting protein from sources other than meat, you are more likely to have a diet low in cholesterol, saturated fat and calories, and high in vitamins and minerals.



- How do you cope abroad?

Pretty easily, in fact, especially with the amazing website Happy Cow, which details all vegan, vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants, as well as health food stores.  If you can cook for yourself, there are always stores that sell the basics that you need to get by too.  

- But what do you eat?

Salad.  Salad and grass.  That's all I eat.


No, really, that's just what all meat-eaters think I eat.  In reality, vegans have a far more varied and interesting diet than omnivores.  We explore different grains, legumes, fruits, veg, spices, herbs, etc. and rarely eat the same meal.  What do omnivores eat?  Meat and 2 veg?  How dull.

So let me ask you again, why do you eat meat?



Comments

  1. Not to be pedantic, but gorillas are not vegans, considering the 2 - 4% of their diet consisting of termites, ants, snails, etc. :-)

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  2. I'm sure 1% of my diet consists of insects and spiders that accidentally fall into my mouth too ;-)

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  3. So being an omnivore precludes you from eating different types of nuts, fruit, spices, herbs etc? I rather think that omnivores who eat healthy do eat those things, and supplement them with some meat....Also, as Polymerist said, you can't compare gorillas to humans, two totally different species. Why not compare humans to chimps in that case who are also omnivores?

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