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Taste Trumps All

Taste Trumps All

Taste Trumps All

How to get your favorite carnivore to go vegetarian ;) 

If you ask a meat eater to go vegetarian you may be met with resistance. You’ll probably hear responses like, "No thanks, it’s too expensive and inconvenient," or, "My family doesn’t eat that way", to "I just like the flavor of meat."  You may even experience “Vegaphobia”, which is a thing, it’s an aversion to people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet! 

One study published in the journal Appetite, investigated the reasons why so many people are plain old resistant to a vegetarian diet.  Upon interviewing 579 meat eaters between 19-81 years old about everything from tastiness, cost, healthfulness, familiarity as well as openness to go vegetarian.  They found that most people were open to it, IF they though it would be more delicious.  

If it all comes down to taste, then plant based eaters are in luck.  Our Dole recipe center is brimming with taste tested, plant forward recipes that are sure to please the 5% of Americans that follow a vegetarian diet, the 3% that are vegan and the many more that are experimenting with more plant forward meals according to 2018 Gallup poll. 

Summer is the perfect opportunity to change up your grill game with plant burgers that may even trick the savviest of carnivores!  We put a side by side comparison below to call out the nutrition differences. 

Red Lentil Burger

Quarter Pound Beef Patty

Beyond Meat Plant Based Patty

Serving

1 Burger

1 Patty

1 Patty

Calories

340 calories

231 calories

260 calories

Fat

5g

16g

18g

Saturated Fat

1g

6g

5g

Cholesterol

5mg

74mg

0g

Sodium

230mg

326mg

350mg

Carbohydrate

48g

0g

5g

Fiber

10g

0g

2g

Sugars

5g

0g

0g

Protein

15g

22g

20g

Notes

Excellent Source of Vit A, C and Iron

Excellent Source of Iron

Possibly the best part about embarking on a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle is the variety within meals!  Plant based food are very adaptable to be used many different ways to satisfy many different flavors, including favorite world flavors and ethnic foods – Asian, Italian, Latin to name a few. 

Published July 2020

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