Stupid things omnivores say: “But meat tastes good.”
They will often declare that veggie meats are gross, even though they haven’t tried them all, and they’ll simply give up on the idea of veganism. They perceive themselves as powerless to change. Some may have tried before and failed. They think there’s nothing they can do to stop. The lure of dead animal flesh (or cheesy secretions) is just too strong and they “can’t help themselves.”
Most vegans were meat-eaters at one point. Somehow they managed to overcome the cravings. But vegans are not super-heroes who have will power as strong as steel. No, vegans simply figured out an effective way to change their bad habits.
- For some vegans that meant watching lots of horrifying videos of factory farming until animal products like meat and milk became inextricably linked to animal suffering, guilt, and disgust.
- For other vegans it meant reading books like The China Study and becoming educated about the disabling health consequences of eating animals and animal products.
- For some vegans it meant practicing. They just tried to go vegan over and over and over again until they finally did it for good and it stuck. It’s like learning to ride a bike, if you fall off the first time you have to just get back up on and try again. If you tried and failed, just try again!
- For many vegans it meant preparing. Going vegan is a major life change and all major life changes require adjustment. Just like moving, getting married, or having children the change can be made easier with some preparation and planning. These vegans might have done it gradually or quickly, but either way, they set a date and planned it.
- For other vegans it was mind over matter. They did have strong will power but they also used facts and knowledge to help bolster their will. For example, they learned about taste.
So… back to the “Meat Tastes Good” claim. Let’s take a closer look:
a) Tastes reflect personal beliefs and biases. Taste tests have shown that people prefer the taste of orange orange juice over pink orange juice. The flavor is the same but the mental perception is different. Same goes for meat. Anyone who claims that all veggie meats “taste bad” is simply declaring their bias for animal flesh. They aren’t giving veggie meats a fair shake. Read more on that here >>
b) Tastes change. When you eat a diet high in fat and sugar, you prefer foods high in fat and sugar. When you back off and eat less fat and sugar, foods high in fat and sugar taste too “rich” and it’s not good anymore. You then prefer subtler flavors. The same is true for any flavor. We get used to and often prefer the flavors that we eat most often. Change those flavors and you’ll wind up preferring those flavors.
c) Taste is fleeting. Taste is a momentary pleasure whereas good health and ethical choices are longer lasting.
d) Taste is a trivial thing. Sure, we all find ourselves doing things that appeal to “base” desires, but when we sit back and get some perspective, we can prioritize and realize that the consequences of our food choices on our health, on the planet, and to animals matter more than taste.Nothing tastes as good as doing the right thing feels.
Thus, we can see the holes in the excuse of “meat tastes good.” That excuse is EMPTY.