No, it's not the President, for once.
Whole Foods CEO (and bright green more-or-less libertarian) John Mackey professes skepticism about the various recent non-meat "meat" products, pointing out they're highly-processed foods. He's also of the opinion that you can retrain your palate to enjoy more traditionally-vegetarian (and far less processed) foods.
He's right about the latter; when I was younger, the various sorts of vegetarians I encountered, from hippies to blue-eyed Buddhists, generally served up flavorful (if unfamiliar) foods that were what they were, without trying to pretend to be anything else.
This world is full of good food, from raw fruits and vegetables both familiar and uncommon to tasty dishes you and I have never heard of. While the various "Beyond Impossible" fake meats are said to be palatable copies of the meats they resemble, that's faint praise; as the comedian said of exotic game meats, "If it 'tastes just like chicken,' why not just eat chicken?" Your palate deserves better. If a burger that bleeds beet juice keeps you from trying delicious dhal, it's not doing you any favors.
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