“Guilt-free” eating

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“Guilt-free” eating

img_2940I was just browsing through my rss feeds (which I do way too often) and I noticed one blogger had written about a recipe that was “guiltless” because it was made with only egg whites, not the yolks.

I guess this means that it’s less fattening or has less cholesterol or something.

But it got me thinking. Why is it completely normal to feel guilty about eating something that is sugary or fattening? Where is the guilt about eating something that was produced by a hen packed into a cage for her entire life, possibly after having her beak cut off, and then sent off to slaughter when she was no longer economically viable?

It seems as if (and this is just my impression at this moment) there is a societal standard that indicates that we are ok in feeling guilty about something that would affect ourselves (too many pieces of cake might make me fat, smoking might kill me) but thinking about others is somewhat frowned upon.

I, for one, would feel far more guilt to be eating the body of another being or stealing their milk than I would eating a whole cake. In fact, I often do buy whole pies and eat them in one sitting. Wonderful thing about vegan foods, there’s very little guilt involved no matter how you look at it!



April 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I suspect there might also be something vaguely Judeo-Christian telling us it’s wrong to enjoy things too much (in a fleshly way, at least). Eating the kind of stuff that’s bad for you is pleasurable in an immediate way, and you don’t get that with eating stuff that’s bad for the animals it came from. Sugar rush yes, torture rush not so much. I think I feel the same guilt spending too much time on video games as I do eating too much junk food; but in the former case, the alternative might be better for people & animals other than myself.


April 14, 2009 at 11:10 am

I was going to go that route, too, Roger.
That enduring Catholic guilt people seem to associate to foods like chocolate and fries doesn’t seem to transfer to killing animals, maybe because in this case sacrifice is involved, and this is a term the church mentality can get on board for.

I was speaking to someone who considers herself of the Taoist religion the other day and she was telling me how her religion is based around no stealing, no lying, and no killing. I asked her if she ate meat, and she said that yes, she did, but eating meat was not the same as actually killing it. I pointed out that buy spending money on meat, she was indirectly paying for the animals to be slaughtered. She considered this and agreed, and then laughed and said: “I guess we’re not too strict about the killing part.”

: )


May 3, 2009 at 5:28 am

Thats a good question. I think the answer is that we humans tend to feel guilty when we’re hurting ourselves- as in you eat crap food you KNOW is bad for YOU. Also, it’s generally accepted to count calories, eat low-fat etc… But the other type of guilt, towards other living beings- only kicks in when you make that connection between your plate and someones life. When you question it. And most ppl dont. It’s generally accepted behaviour. 🙁

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