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A Non-Vegan Response to “Death By Veganism”

Barbara of Tigers & Strawberries gives one of the better responses to Nina Plank’s “Death By Veganism” op-ed.

As a side note, one of the things that many people are getting wrong in this discussion is that veganism is only a diet. It’s not always. It can be an ethos that is interpreted in many different ways by different individuals. It can affect, not only diets but many other personal choices, including consumer, religious and even friendships.

UPDATED: Added verbiage to correct the absolutes that I had initially written.

Death by Veganism

Via the New York Times, an ex-Vegan Speaks:

Indigenous cuisines offer clues about what humans, naturally omnivorous, need to survive, reproduce and grow: traditional vegetarian diets, as in India, invariably include dairy and eggs for complete protein, essential fats and vitamins. There are no vegan societies for a simple reason: a vegan diet is not adequate in the long run.

While my views on Veganism are not as…ah…pointed as Michael Ruhlman‘s, I do belive that the weakest part of the vegan stance was in regard to nutrition. But as I live in a very large glass house when it comes to nutrition, I try to toss as few stones as possible.

At any rate, the Op-ed by Nina Plank is a thought provoking read.

How to Bake Your Own Vegan Redemption

Sometime in early 2001, my husband put down his copy of Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and declared our vegetarianism was not enough — we needed to go vegan.

I was vegetarian when we met, a little over a year earlier, and having finally met someone who could cook, he soon joined me as a fellow vegetarian. Transitioning to veganism seemed a logical (if daunting) next step, and we plunged in.

In brief, our foray into veganism lasted about a year, and to be frank, it pretty much sucked. Part of this was due to circumstance; I was prescribed a drug that left me with no interest in cooking, eating, or even shopping for food. But for the most part, it was because a lot of vegan recipes call for foods I don’t find appetizing under the best circumstances. Flax oil, powdered egg substitute, casein-free soy cheese… Nayonnaise? Does anyone eat that if they don’t have to?

So, when I saw Strict Vegan Ethics, Frosted With Hedonism among the New York Times top emailed articles this week, I was intrigued. I’d baked a vegan cake once. It was chocolate, with whole wheat flour and Ener-G Egg Replacer powder. We ate it — mostly because it was my husband’s birthday cake — but it was less than satisfying.

Below the photo of a hot punk girl offering the camera a cupcake, the article opens:

Isa Chandra Moskowitz, a vegan chef, does not particularly like to talk about tofu. Ditto seitan, tempeh and nutritional yeast.

Wow. If only God had made me a smidge differently, I’m pretty sure I’d be in love right now.

The rest of the piece was a revelation: vegan baking with white flour and no weirdo egg replacements? Could a vegan baked good be, well, good? I had to find out.


Fried Tofu-Egg

With all due respect to my vegetarian friends out there, a vegetarian fried egg sounds appalling, no matter how you dress it up.

The Vegan fried egg has been made with a special blend of tofu for the egg white and a Jamaican fruit called Ackee for the egg yolk. “The final icing on the vegan cake was the new vegan omega 3 oil with DHA and EPA made from algae called V-Pure that gives the egg a perfect nutritional breakdown of essential fats and amino acids” (said Yvonne Bishop-Weston, one fo the creators of the dish)

I’ve never quite understood the desire of some vegetarians to replicate meat-like meals. It strikes me as a half-hearted way of admitting that meat provides better tastes than what fruits and vegetabes can provide.

In reading the description of the fried tofu egg, I once again realize that I could never last as a vegetarian. If it was me that had to go through all of those steps to get a veggie-friendly fried egg, then about the time I was looking at algae suppliments in order to get the nutritional egg equivalent I would have said “To hell with this” and simply cracked open an actual egg.

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Surprise! McDonald’s is being sued

Remember last week when I mentioned that McDonald’s recent revelations that their fries had gluten (until recently) may not be a big deal, unless someone can prove that the Golden Arches advertised the fries as gluten-free?

Well as it turns out, yes someone can prove that the Golden Arches stated that the fries are gluten free…and yes they are suing for damages.

All of those who are surprised, please raise your hands.

I did have a “M-wuh?!?” moment when reading this bit of the article:

On Wednesday, Nadia Sugich of Los Angeles sued McDonald’s, saying she is a vegan and would not have eaten the fries if she had known they contained dairy products.

A vegan…at McDonald’s. Riiiiiight. Nadia isn’t perhaps looking for a quick payday, is she?

Personally, I have a hard time feeling sorry for any vegan who eats at McDonald’s. I’m not saying they shouldn’t eat there, but really. A vegan eating at McDonald’s is like an American visiting Moscow and then complaining that everyone there speaks Russian.

UPDATE: It seems as if McDonald’s is claiming that, in fact, their fries ARE gluten and Allergen free.

Cause — meet effect.

Ken at Fast Food News has it exactly right: either someone is trying to cover their collective buttocks by clouding the issue regarding this, or there is a fair amount of incompetence surrounding the initial release of information last week. Either way, McDonald’s is looking both amateurish and irresponsible.

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