We like to think that everyone has the right dietary preferences (unless they’re just eating sugar and caffeine all day—which isn’t healthy, not by a long shot). For example, you are really an omnivore: I eat meat, vegetables, and… a lot of sugar. I enjoy meat, I won’t pretend I don’t. However, I recognize the health benefits of a vegan diet as well as the ethical dilemmas associated with animal husbandry practices. I’m open to trying new dishes, but I also have a soft spot for pizza.
Warm conversations and open-minded experiences can open many doors on our gastronomic journey through life. What doesn’t work well is when someone tries to force someone to submit to their dietary beliefs. Few people enjoy being tricked, coerced, or threatened into accepting another’s beliefs—whether related to food or not.
There it is. A redditor’s post Here comes the subreddit at AITA. The woman asks Nate about his decision, whether or not he was a jerk to make his non-vegetarian husband and son eat fake meat. Scroll down for the full story, as well as the debate about free will and food ethics that the post sparked on Reddit.
Who do you think was at fault here? Do you think mom was a jerk for cheating on her non-vegetarian family members? Would your opinion change if the situation changed? Do you think the situation is simple and straightforward or does it touch on some deep moral issues that people may not see at first glance? Share your thoughts—and your verdict!—in the comments, dear pandas.
KristenBellTattoos.com Had a chat with Jessica Lee Clark Bojan About food hangovers, why it might be a bad idea to trick someone into eating something, and how to actually convince them to try some new dishes instead. (Spoiler warning: bribery works!) Jessica is one. World renowned pie artistnutritionist, and author ‘The pies are very good.’
He told us that there are a few nuances to consider before tricking someone when it comes to food: from possible allergies and religious beliefs to whether or not they have a good sense of humor. Thinking about the consequences of your prank is incredibly important. You’ll find the full interview below, Pandas.
Our food choices, such as whether or not we eat animal products, can lead to some serious arguments, even among relatives.
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A woman told how she cheated her husband and son with fake meat. She then asked the Internet if she was wrong to do so.
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Although opinions were divided online about whether or not the mother was in the wrong, at the end of the day, the majority of AITA community members decided that the OP had done something morally wrong. Basically, she took away her husband and son’s ability to choose.
Free will is a big deal. No one likes to lose control or feel like they are being manipulated. You could also argue that even if the fake meat tasted fine, the fact that there was some dirty trick going on would have turned both men away from becoming vegetarians. I know that if someone is toying with my food and my emotions, I will get quite angry.
There is also an obvious risk that the OP may not have considered. Say it wasn’t his family he tried to prank, but a guest. Who says they weren’t allergic to any ingredient in the dish? Playing with people’s expectations is dangerous, especially if you don’t know how they might react to certain ingredients.
Pie artist and Culinary expert Jessica Everyone has at least a few weird beliefs about food, Bor told Panda. “Let’s face it, we all have nutritional deficiencies that stem from unexplained childhood traumas and beliefs,” he said, adding that some people may think mushrooms are thin and dense while others may not. Peas seem to be squishy and that’s why they hate them.
“A lot of these long-held beliefs about what foods we like and don’t like don’t stand up to scrutiny. For the longest time, I thought I hated broccoli. Turns out, I just hated the way my British grandmother boiled them to within an inch of their life until they were nothing more than a sickly yellow mockery of real broccoli. “When I ate ‘real’ broccoli, lightly steamed with shaved almonds, I realized my mistake, and broccoli has been a staple of my diet ever since,” she explained. Just as a standard gastrointestinal experience can shatter preconceived beliefs.
However, Jessica had a warning for anyone thinking of pranking someone else and tricking them into trying something they might dislike.
“Before we plan our clever culinary capers to get friends and loved ones to try ‘hate’ foods in a new and improved format, we need to make some important calculations:
- Does the person you’re cheating on have a real food allergy, and your dish could potentially offend them?
Does the person you are cheating on have strong spiritual or religious beliefs about their diet, or has made it clear that they have no interest in eating certain foods, and will feel that they Are you about to violate your rules in eating that food? to serve?
Does the person you’re cheating on have a sense of humor and adventure? Will they be happy about your deception, or angry that they have been lied to?
The culinary expert emphasized that by answering these questions, people can then see if they should go ahead with pulling the “ol’ switcheroo” on their friends… or is it better to Ditch the idea and take a slightly stealthier approach. “If you don’t know the answer to any of these questions, take it as a ‘no go’!”
We also wanted to get By Pie Artist Jessica Opinions about why some people are quite aggressive in spreading their dietary beliefs. “Sometimes, people are concerned about their loved one’s health and hope to influence their diet in a more positive direction, sometimes people are sick of dealing with an overly fussy child/spouse. Sometimes it’s just a tribal thing,” he explained. That some people think like, “In this family, we eat meat!” or “In this family, we don’t hurt animals!”
“Our reasons may be well-intentioned, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with encouraging friends and family to expand their culinary horizons…but tread carefully when it comes to cheating. Unless you’re willing to suffer the consequences!” Jessica warned.
According to the food expert, she’s a fan of using bribes and quid pro-quo deals to get someone to try something new. For example, you might say to someone:
- “If you try Beyond Beef, I’ll watch whatever show you like with you without complaining”.
- “If you agree to not eat meat for 1 month, I will buy you any game console you want.”
- “We can go to this fancy restaurant but you have to at least have a bite of everything on the tasting menu.”
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. Think about what would make your family and friends want to expand their culinary horizons.
“Our connections to food are often emotional and you can’t force someone out of an emotional position with logical arguments,” Jessica told BoardPanda.
The story provoked a very wide range of opinions about the morality of what happened. Here’s what some people had to say about it all.
Earlier, KristenBellTattoos.com spoke with Jack Bully, an American entrepreneur and fitness expert, about the connection between what we eat and our health. “We can’t really eliminate a bad diet, so we have to be careful about what we put in our mouths,” he said.
“The only people I’ve seen ‘outtrain a bad diet’ are athletes who are moving their bodies a ton. For everyone else, diet is a priority if you want to see real changes in your body. needs to be given. You eat 500 calories a minute. But it takes an hour of intense exercise to burn those 500 calories,” he said, adding that we have to be very conscious of portion sizes.
According to the fitness expert, if our goal is to reduce the amount of sugar, fast food and other unhealthy things we eat, it’s best to optimize our environment for success. This means not keeping any foods in the house that you want to avoid. It also means that your family and friends should be aware of what you’re doing so they can hold you accountable.
“My meals vary but one rule always stands. And that is every meal I sit down to eat should have a good source of protein,” adds the fitness expert, adding that anyone with a fitness goal Yes, he should prefer protein.
during this, BBC Futures explains. Ironically, vegetarians are actually at greater risk than non-vegetarians. According to some researchers, vegetarians think that vegetarians are ‘hypocrites’.
Moreover, when vegetarians try to promote their diets by pointing out the animal suffering that can be avoided, their intentions may backfire. Omnivores find vegans who choose their lifestyle for health reasons more tolerable than ‘ethical’ vegetarians and vegans. No one enjoys judging or interacting with people who think they have the moral high ground. This can trigger a defensive response in people and they will double down on whatever eating habits they have… being judged.