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Really? A Vegan Diet is Seen as Worse Than Going Hungry in Italy?
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Really? A Vegan Diet is Seen as Worse Than Going Hungry in Italy?

This is sure to get under the skin of many vegans. An Italian chef recently found that the public isn't always ready for vegan food.

  • Feeding the Homeless

The Italian chef in question is Simone Salvini and he is a popular chef who works in the regions of Bologna and Milan. He even has his own TV show and was recently asked to attend a soup kitchen in Bologna where he brought his special plant-based meals. For the event, he was asked to prepare a vegan alternative to a pasta dish with meat sauce. The homeless people didn’t seem to appreciate the meal. Rather, some of them said that they were returning to the streets to eat meat, rather than try the vegan food. 

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It's sad that there are people who would go so far as to say that they'd rather live on the streets and be hungry than dig into a healthy vegan meal, but it's worth remembering that it is possible to be vegetarian/vegan in Italy in spite of such news stories. It just takes a bit of research beforehand so that you can find restaurants that cater to your lifestyle. Here's a good list that can help you out if you are going to be travelling to Italy and don't know where to eat.  There are also some meals that you can safely order when dining out without worrying about eating animal products accidentally. You might wonder how to enjoy pasta and pizza - such delicious and traditional foods! - but there are vegan options. These include pizza marinara, which is made with tomato sauce instead of cheese. A good pasta dish is pasta all'arrabbiata, which makes use of spicy tomatoes and shouldn’t have any cheese on it, either.



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  1. Support
    Wow! Thanks for filling us in, Giulia!
  2. mntryjoseph
    Hahaha! Then let them starve! What closed-minded fools!
  3. Marvin Double
    Marvin Double
    Culturally reinforced food bias is exceptionally powerful. This is one reason why some people find it difficult to change their diet. Strongly held personal beliefs become a part of the individual identity. We do not realize that we actually see ourselves as being a product of intense brainwashing from birth to death. For some, making a choice to stray from a specific cultural norm, simply isn't an option. I think this story accurately reflects exactly that point. Naturally, as a vegan I see this kind of cultural bias as a sad and difficult obstacle in promoting our vegan lifestyle. Let us hope that some Italians are more open minded and flexible. Perhaps what Italy needs is a vegan Renaissance.


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