Why Do Vegans Get So Excited About Food?
Maybe you’ve noticed; vegans can get pretty excited about food. I know I love to share pictures of my meals on social media and follow tons of amazing vegan food bloggers. And I completely lose my mind when a new vegan product hits store shelves. This has made me wonder, why do vegans get so excited about food?
Our reasons for eating vegan are important. I really think that’s what it comes down to. Being vegan makes eating a political act, a protest of the horrific abuse animals at factory farms are subjected to.
Every time I sit down to eat, which I inevitably do multiple times each day, I make a choice about the kind of world I want to live in. When we choose vegan meals, we end our participation in a system that subjects animals to extreme confinement, routinely mutilates them without painkillers, and ruthlessly kills them.
And the meat industry isn’t just terrible for the animals who are abused and slaughtered. It contributes to a host of other problems, including climate change, which is easily one of the biggest issues threatening our very existence. By ditching meat and other animal products, vegans significantly reduce their carbon footprints.
Factory farms, and the widespread problems they create, are simply out of step with the values of most people. By eating vegan, we’re working toward a less violent, more compassionate (and more sustainable) world.
Plus, vegan food is freaking delicious. I’ve been turned on to so many delicious new foods that I might never have experienced otherwise. From unfamiliar foods like nutritional yeast (aka nooch) and tempeh, to the wide array of healthful grains, beans, and veggies, to the incredible mocks meats and dairy alternatives on the market, eating has been an adventure since I went vegan.
So of course vegans love food! It can change the world!