There are a lot of reasons why vegans have a reputation for being smug and superior. Wait. Not a lot. There are two reasons:
- A lot of vegans are dicks. Just like a lot of carnivores, or actually a lot of people in general. I’ll make you a deal: I won’t bother apologizing for my fellow vegans and you don’t have to worry about apologizing for your fellow [fill in the blank].
- Vegans get validated every day. Truly: every single day. Being constantly reminded that we’re right can make us feel smug and superior.
Case in point: This CNN piece by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. It explores an intriguing question. Since doctors say heart attacks are preventable, could we ever have such an informed, heart-healthy population that we see our last heart attack?
Not likely, since that would require a nation of total or near vegans. But not junk-food vegans. This is a saintly adherence to an all-plant diet with virtually no added oil, sugar, salt, or booze. Sadly, French fries and vegan donuts aren’t on anyone’s heart-attack-proof hotlist. But these foods are:
- Vegetables. Especially bok choy, broccoli, kale, asparagus and their fibrous green friends
- Whole grains.
- Beans. Peas, lentils, black beans, garbanzos, kidney beans, heirloom beans.
Easy. Inexpensive. Healthy. Non-heart-clogging.
But don’t just take a smug and superior vegan’s word for it. Watch the video (follow the link to the CNN site for a much higher-quality version, but I included the Forks Over Knives link because it leads you to recipes and resources.