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Apr 20th, 2009, 09:31 AM
I think it's better because I put more time into it and have much more variety. But I think tasty vegan food is harder to find in shops and it takes a while to make at home, but it's well worth it.

Apr 20th, 2009, 09:49 AM
Honestly, I find vegan food to be much tastier and satisfying than animal products. I used to struggle frequently with nausea, bloating, indigestion, etc. Now I feel satiated, but not sickeningly stuffed after a meal. I also don't have any guilt over enjoying snacks such as fruits and veggies or eating smaller meals frequently throughout the day.

It may be my imagination, but I swear I have a much keener sense of taste and smell since going vegan. I'm wondering if it doesn't have something to do with the fact that consuming dairy increases the production of histamines in your body, which can alter taste and smell? Just a theory, nothing really medical or scientific to prove it.

I've found that by removing animal products from the equation I am motivated to try foods that are new to me. With the exception of a couple of pre-made vegan-friendly products, I have yet to be disappointed.

Apr 20th, 2009, 12:26 PM
Definitely better tasting. I don't get how everything needs to be covered with cheese or a cream sauce to taste good...or so the many people where I am seem to think...

Apr 20th, 2009, 02:53 PM
A little less tasty, but that's no big deal. I'm not in it for the taste. I mean, it was easy to cling to the taste of meat and cheese, so I am quite happy that I no longer do. Tastier does NOT equal better. Plus, the foods I eat now are healthier, and that's what matters. I can rest assured I won't die of too much cholesterol.

Apr 24th, 2009, 01:30 PM
that's a little bit sad, sarabi... try experimenting with spices and you'll see how much of a difference that can make!

Apr 24th, 2009, 02:30 PM
Vegan food so much nicer for so many reason I could never my old diet ever again so much crap, Vegan Food all the way.

Buddha Belly
Apr 24th, 2009, 06:37 PM
I think food after veganising is better but this is probably due to me experimenting more with tastes and differant flavours i would not of tried before. It is having to buy specialised cook books that has inspired me to cook new things. I may of done this when i was an omni i don't know.

May 23rd, 2009, 09:01 AM
I think it taster SO much better! ;)
It feels better too, and I certainly don't miss animal products

Jun 17th, 2009, 06:52 PM
Hmmm, Well, I was an omni for 15 years, and vegetarian for 15... I don't remember what I ate when I ate meat... but since being vegan I've had to learn to make my own foods from scratch, or eat the same food everyday.

I took option one, which means I always eat fresh, homemade food.... so my diet is better... and my food nicer, however, this isn't because it's vegan.

As a veggie, I'd never have thought to have a blackbean buerito for breakfast (I raely ate breakfast) but I'm sure I could have something equally tasty with meat or dairy in it... I just don't find a hunking great wrap of death that motivating in the morning ;)

Basically, I have nicer food because I put more effort in. If I ate junky vegan food such as fake cheese in every meal just as I ate cheese in almost every meal I think it would be roughly the same in terms of tastyness.

Jun 19th, 2009, 08:55 PM
I have discovered so many tasty foods since going vegan (perhaps with the exception of cheezly, but we won't go there), and I eat a much more varied diet than I ever did before. I was never a meat and two veg kind of girl, it just seems so boring to me. The same roast dinner week in week out on a Sunday - dull as ditchwater!

Jun 26th, 2009, 04:06 PM
I experiment more, am more willing to try new things and eat far more variety than before vegandom, so food being more/less tasty than before has never occurred to me. It just is.

Oct 28th, 2009, 06:35 AM
I have to say that the food I eat now is so much better than what I used to eat! So much more flavor and deliciousness...basically just "cleaner." I love feeling pure~

Nov 21st, 2009, 02:13 PM
I had to peut that vegan food is only a little better purely because Cadbury's Caramel has not yet been replicated in vegan form. One the other hand, I know it's a cliche, but I am cooking things from scratch much more often, eat lots more fruit and veg, and feel 'lighter': so the vegan food wins!Plus it introduced me to shallow fried tofu strips marinated in balsamic vinegar. Yummy!

Nov 22nd, 2009, 04:13 AM
I definitely enjoy food more now, as a vegan, for two basic reasons:

1) I now know how to cook. In fact, when I decided to go vegan, I quickly decided I must also learn to cook immediately. I was afraid that if I didn't learn to cook, I'd fail at being vegan and that wasn't an option.

2) Because I couldn't rely on what I knew to eat already, I began trying all kinds of new things and found that food was a much more diverse and interesting thing than I'd ever imagined it to be.

twinkle toes
Nov 24th, 2009, 12:10 PM
before going vegan all i ever ate was crisps and chocolate. back when i lived alone and was very lazy. but once i decided to go for it, i think it made me a bit more imaginative about the food i eat so i would say that yes it is tastier than the food i ate before

Nov 25th, 2009, 01:25 PM
IMO the food I eat now, is the best I have ever had. I'm still working on cutting out the junk food (but I think vegan junk food is better than omni junk food) though.

Ital is the way to go!

Nov 25th, 2009, 02:51 PM
As a vegan I experiment more with food, discovering tastes (and combinations of tastes) that I probably wouldn't discover otherwise.

Nov 27th, 2009, 01:39 AM
As a vegan I experiment more with food, discovering tastes (and combinations of tastes) that I probably wouldn't discover otherwise.

That sums it up perfectly for me.:)

Buddha Belly
Nov 27th, 2009, 06:58 PM
As a vegan I experiment more with food, discovering tastes (and combinations of tastes) that I probably wouldn't discover otherwise.

Definatly me too.

Apr 9th, 2010, 02:59 AM
I do honestly prefer vegan food in almost every case. Part of this has to do with the fact that i HATE real milk (i switched to soy/rice/almond/etc. before it even occurred to me to go veg), i DETEST mayonnaise and eggy stuff, and i never cared much for most meat. So i don't miss any of that stuff. And since i stopped eating meat, i discovered so many new foods in the process of figuring out what to eat instead. Veggie Indian and Thai food and so on are so much more interesting than hamburgers!

I hate to say it, but yes, i'm one of those who kind of miss cheese as a vegan - it's the ONLY thing i miss. The vegan substitutes are, let's be honest, not quite the same. But in many cases they can still substitute adequately for it and when i really think about it, the source of real cheese is quite disgusting anyway, and who wants to eat something disgusting? :p

Apr 9th, 2010, 10:51 AM
I think for some who think it's not as tasty or the same as animal product based foods, it may be a case of not trying a varied and diverse plant based diet, and trying new recipes and alternatives rather than simply 'cutting things out.' It's also far more interesting if it's home cooked/well prepared and not processed fare... the best way to experience just how wonderful vegan food is to try to new things, experiment, hone your cooking skills and look for the recipes. I have hundreds of vegan recipes from cookbooks, websites, friends and everything I've tried far surpasses what I now realise was a pretty boring diet before...

Apr 9th, 2010, 06:27 PM
I've never been a big meat/eggs/dairy fan anyway so it's not much of a change for me lol, anything I did have that was those things has been replaced, e.g. butter.

My boyfriend finds it hard (he's omni simply because although he eats mainly vegetarian he will still occasionally eat meat) because he ADORES cream and chicken. He's had vegan alternatives but he says they're not quite the same, and vegan sour cream has a weird after taste (we had the tofutti one, and I agree it tastes a bit weird. It's fine if mixed into something else). So I understand that, though he has agreed to keep trying different brands until we find one he likes. Same with chicken alternatives.

Apr 9th, 2010, 11:23 PM
Definately tastier, Ive had to become a lot more creative instead of just using the oven to cook. So what I do cook is usually an experiment...that often tastes very nice!

Apr 13th, 2010, 11:45 AM
I've always been passionate about food but seriously, what made an omnivorous meal tasty? The vegan stuff that goes into it. The fruit, veges and other cool stuff. Cook up a steak without any of those ingredients and honestly it tastes crap. Once you cut out all the processed rubbish you can't eat anyone once your vegan, everything tastes better, especially since there's good odds you made it yourself.

I'm saying it's infinitely more tasty.

Apr 13th, 2010, 03:03 PM
But what are you trying to say Staffy?


Oh and

....you can't eat anyone once your vegan...

I should hope not :eek: