Why do some people hate vegans so much?
Okay, I get it, some people are really preachy, and it's really annoying, but are they wrong to be?
People who say that they hate vegans actually have a problem with being told the truth, because that truth doesn't align with dominant values of their society (which is, in Western culture, the need to consume dairy and meat). Did you know it takes about 9,000 litres (about 30 bathtubs) of water to produce one beef burger? You've heard the stats, so I won't bore you any further.
The production of animal agriculture is the single biggest cause of climate change. There's really no need to get defensive when people speak about veganism, and I'll tell you why.
'I just don't like vegan food'
So let's get this straight: vegan food is not a type of food like Italian food or junk food. Vegan food does not have to be chickpeas, lentils and kale; it can be chocolate, chicken(free) nuggets, pizza, ice cream, curry, pasta, noodles—the list is endless and what's more is there's loads of food you won't even need to cut out! Furthermore, you don't have to be a clean-eating fruit freak, there are loads of (inexpensive) vegan alternatives to choose from and as you can see above, you'd be surprised at the vegan food you're already eating. Vegan food is any food that doesn't contain animal products or byproducts, and no animal products are used to produce the food. Ketchup, Marmite, and popcorn are all vegan, so get off your high horse for not touching vegan food.
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As someone who wouldn't have dreamed of eating a vegetable around two years ago, I can safely tell you that they won't hurt, they are actually really tasty and versatile—did you know cauliflower makes a really nice substitute for chicken? Jackfruit (okay, a fruit not a vegetable) makes a really tasty pulled 'pork' dish. That being said, if you're not feeling too exotic there are the likes of Quorn and Linda McCartney, or just a plain and simple pizza which, when you take off the cheese, doesn't leave you feeling quite so guilty.
Ask any of my friends and they'll laugh if you mention me and veganism in the same sentence. There was a period when I basically only ate cheese and onion rolls and probably thought it impossible to be vegan, but here I am, almost a year later finding it...possible! In truth, I am not entirely vegan yet—it shouldn't be a change you make overnight and is still one I am in the process of making.
But what about protein?
There are loads of great sources for all nutrients outside of meat and dairy, such as tofu (visit an Oriental restaurant if you think it's gross), Quorn, beans, nuts and more. Granted, it takes more thought than eating a steak every night, but you'll soon get used to it!