We all have that one friend who's made a recent lifestyle change and feels like they need to tell the world. Whether it be going gluten free, forgoing cheese for two weeks, succumbing to CrossFit or becoming a vegetarian, they can't seem to stop talking about it. I myself eat gluten free, because I have celiac disease, but when someone offers me a slice of pizza filled with gluten, I don't go into a 10-minute rant about how bad gluten can be for the system.
There is no shame in being passionate about something, but when you start to voice your opinions in a judgmental way, it can cause some problems. According to a recent survey, vegans who aggressively share their views with non-vegans might actually be making their friends want to eat meat more. More than 2,000 Brits were asked why they haven't tried going vegan or vegetarian, and in addition to 81 percent saying they "like the taste of meat too much," 26 percent report that "the attitude of certain vegetarians/vegans has put [them] off."
Dominika Piasecka, a spokesperson from The Vegan Society, tells Munchies, "Many are passionate about veganism, eager to share information about its benefits to everyone, and open their eyes to animal suffering. This could mean that sometimes the anger and upset we feel inside of us is perceived as aggression towards those who don't follow the vegan lifestyle but this can't be further from the truth."
At the end of the day, people have the freedom to eat and feel however they want; just maybe next time the subject comes up, keep it casual instead of lecturing someone.
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