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 analogs. 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 analogs technology by using pea proteins and other types of feedstock to make faux meats.
Earth’s General Store offers an excellent variety of meat analogs/alternatives/faux meats.
- Tofurky: deli slices, sausages, hot dogs )seasonal), tempeh, chick’n strips, chorizo, roasts (seasonal).
- Gardein: burgers, chick’n strips, meatballs, ground, fish fillets. We have several of the Gardein in bulk so please help the planet and bring in your own reusable container or bag to refill.
- Butler Foods: Soy Curls, Sam’s Harvest Jerky
- Beyond Meat: Fiesta blend ground/crumbles, plain crumbles, Beyond Burger, Beyond Sausage Patties, Beyond Sausages – Sweet Italian, Hot Italian, and Bratwurst. All Beyond Meat products are in bulk format so please bring in your own reusable container or bag.
- Field Roast: burgers, sausages, roasts (seasonal).
- Primal Foods: Jerky
- Noble 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’, Fish Fingers, Bean Paties (like chicken cutlets) 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 analogs 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 analogs will greatly reduce the environmental impact that meat production causes.
You can get meat analogs from most major grocery stores these days, most Asian supermarkets carry them and there are some specialty stores that focus on these products.