Protein based Commercial mock meats (heavy on the extracted protein from plants such as soy or brown rice, often containing oils and very little to no whole food) Do you eat them? Do you find they help you stay Vegan? Most importantly, do they satisfy? My take… Before I went vegan, I did occasionally buy some of the veg alternatives to meat, although mostly they were obvious veg alternatives, like real brown rice, beans, potatoes and other plant food mixtures shaped in the form of patties or hot dogs. I bought them on occasion and ate them and enjoyed them. This, before going vegan. After going vegan, I tried some of the others. Those that were made up of isolated proteins (like rice protein extract, soy protein isolate etc), oils and maybe a few veggies and spices and other things. Some of them were very tasty. I had some mock chicken nuggets that tasted so similar to chicken nuggets that by taste alone – I really couldn’t tell the difference. But in satisfaction, I did notice a difference. Ate a whole box of mock chicken nuggets and boy did they not satisfy. I needed more. Of something. And not of them, because they were $6 a box. Just recently, about half the Vegan section that used to contain such products was replaced by burgers, real chicken and other flesh foods. The other half, containing organic Tofu (real soybean, not extract), Tempeh, and other foods containing whole or mostly whole foods remain. I’m not surprised, and I’m sort of glad the fungus food and extract based products are (mostly) gone. People eat that stuff thinking they are eating Vegan for a meal...then they realize they cannot make them a large part of their diet because they don’t satisfy. Nearly all of them emphasize PROTEIN, which, when you’re a meat eater getting it from animals and have those bacteria in the gut munching on that animal protein, does satisfy to a degree because of the propionate they release (fiber munching bacteria release more). But Vegans know (or should know) our gut bacteria requires fiber from whole food, not animal protein, and not isolated protein from plants. So I am happy they are gone. I know of at least one individual who ate them a lot when she first tried going Vegan...and then that stopped rather abruptly. Now she eats pescatarian. I doubt her dissatisfaction is unique, and my guess is that many others came to a similar conclusion and the products just failed to sell enough to be profitable for the supermarket. Again, I'm not unhappy they are gone. People can easily get the wrong idea, and connect their short vegan experience to being hungry, primarily because they never gave their body a chance to convert to fiber rich plant foods that Nature has provided.