Sometimes, people that follow a plant-based diet sometimes want to eat foods that resemble the meats that ate in the past but without an animal being killed. There is an industry that is grown to develop and offer these fake meats – or faux meats – to meet this consumer demand.
The industry is most highly developed in southeast Asia where a significant portion of the population does not consume meat due to religious belief. Faux meats have been made from soya beans (tofu, TVP – Textured Vegetable Protein, tempeh), wheat gluten (seitan), mushrooms, nuts, and grains.
Faux Meats by many names
Faux meats are technically called meat analogues. They are also referred to by many other names: fake meat, veggie meat, mock meat, meat substitute, wheat meat, meat alternative, vegan meat, and vegetarian meat. There have recently been some new developments in meat analogues technology by using pea proteins and other types of feedstock to make faux meats.
Earth’s General Store offers an excellent variety of meat analogues/alternatives/faux meats.
- Tofurky: deli slices, sausages, pizzas, hot dogs, breakfast links, tempeh, chick’n strips,, chorizo, roasts (seasonal).
- Gardein: burgers, chick’n strips, meatballs, ground, fish fillets
- Butler Foods: Soy Curls, Sam’s Harvest Jerky
- Beyond Meat ***: Fiesta blend ground/crumbles, plain crumbles, Southwest flavoured chick’n, Lightly Seasoned chick’n, Beast Burger, Beyond Burger, and plain chicken strips.
- Field Roast: burgers, sausages, roasts (seasonal).
- Sailin’ On: Bac’n bits
- Primal Foods: Jerky
- Vegetarian Gourmet: Burgers
- Hilary’s: Burgers and Sausage Patties
- Happy Veggie World: Bac’n strips, Lemongrass Chick’n, Kung Pao Chick’n, and sometimes the following items (limited space) – Ginger Chick’n, Citrus Spareribs, Black Pepper ‘steaks’, and Lemon Chick’n.
- Green Cuisine: Tempeh in a variety of flavours
- Soyganic: Tofu – soft, medium, firm, extra-firm, super-firm, pressed, smoked, smoked garlic, smoked Sriracha
A healthy diet should consist of a focus on plants and complex carbohydrates. Meat analogues should be consumed sparingly. The first diet book I read was written by Pritikin and he said that in the healthiest cultures in the world used meat as a flavouring and not the focus of the meal. This reduced the cost of the meal, added the extra protein and texture that meat offered, and reduced the health costs created by excessive meat consumption. As I moved away from meat in 1989 I used the knowledge that if I was eating enough calories from a variety of foods then I was likely getting enough protein.
According to the Worldwatch Institute, replacing meat with meat analogues will greatly reduce the environmental impact that meat production causes.
You can get meat analogues from most major grocery stores these days, most Asian supermarkets carry them and there are some speciality stores that focus on these products.
*** Note: In July 2018, our supply of Beyond Meat products became restricted. We will not have restocking of this line for at least a month or even two. Beyond Meat is having growing pains and now with A & W having the Beyond Burger on their menu, this has increased the demand for the product restricting distribution to smaller places like our company.