Does giving up (or even cutting back on) the meat in your diet mean you have to eat lots of soy-based fake meat?
Honestly, I find it kind of confusing that so often when you talk about eating less meat, people so often bring up fake meats made from genetically modified soy as if that’s the only other thing you could possibly eat. That’s just hands-down untrue, and I think it makes veganism or even eating less meat seem like something unattainable or very expensive.
You can eat less (or no!) meat without ever eating fake meat, and not all fake meats have soy in them. I love me some fake meat – don’t get me wrong – but it’s not for everyone, and you can be a vegan your whole life without ever eating a Tofurkey sausage, if that’s something that’s important to you.
It’s also possible to eat soy without eating genetically modified soy. One surefire way to make sure anything you eat is not genetically modified is to choose organic. Organics, by definition, can’t be genetically modified. You can also look for the Non-GMO Project label on foods. Foods bearing that certification have been verified to be GMO Free.
I know that some folks see vegans as high and mighty when we talk about food, and I want very much for this discussion to not be that way. I respect anyone who’s making mindful food choices, whether I completely agree with them or not. We’re all trying to choose diets that reflect what we feel is best for our bodies and for the planet.
This article isn’t even about convincing you to go vegan. It’s just about dispelling the common misconception that vegans have to eat fake meat and lots of soy.
On the next page, let’s talk about vegan main dishes that don’t involve any fake meat.