How many times have you heard that vegans are hypocrites?
And what about questions such as “Why do you eat vegan substitutes if you don’t eat animal products?” or “Well, it seems a bit controversial that you’re a vegan and you’re eating sausages.”?
People who ask these questions are either trolls, who want to intentionally bother and provoke, or people who are genuinely confused about what veganism is.
Let’s discuss the second category who really wants to know what is happening.
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What exactly is veganism?
Veganism is neither a diet, nor a trend, nor a sect (yes, I have heard that too!).
It is a lifestyle that guides you and helps you make decisions regarding food, clothing, etc.
When you become or are already a vegan, you do not consume animals consciously. And the reason is not because you no longer like the taste or the smell of animal products, but because you feel compassion towards them and you do not want them to get abused and exploited. You have now made the connection in your mind and you have chosen to no longer consume sentient creatures.
Since it is not the taste that keeps you away from animal products, but the compassion for the animals, it is very likely that you will want to replace your favorite foods and flavors that contained animal products in the past.
That’s why you try either homemade vegan foods and meals, or ready-made products, or a combination of both.
And that’s why you will see that vegan sausages, burgers, cheeses, etc. are so popular and are embraced by the vegan community.
Let’s not forget that these products show the alternatives that exist for non-vegans and help them in the smooth transition (if they need it) to veganism.
If you are wondering now if there are vegans who do not even want to see or smell products that are very similar to animal ones, I will tell you that of course there are!
The reason we become vegan is always the same, but each of us is different and behaves in their own way.
So the next time someone asks you the question “why, although vegan, you eat vegan substitutes?”, pause for a moment, reflect and if they are worth your answer, then explain to them!
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