Nov. 16, 2012
I am just wondering if you think the fake meat items are healthy or not?
I think it's important to remember that all fake meats are heavily processed foods. Some are also down right junky -- made with oil, processed flour, preservatives and isolated soy proteins. Are they healthier than their meat counterparts? Sure, but are they a healthy food? No. Do I think a processed meat once in a while as a treat is okay as part of a whole foods, plant-based diet? Yes. I have a tofu dog from time to time and I'll buy the fake sausage for my husband once in awhile (usually for his birthday). I think fake meats and cheese can be helpful during transition, but overall they should accent the diet, not be a main player. We lived abroad all last year and now live in a small town where we don't have much access to the meats, and I think we're better off.