John Bridges is a published author of history, and politics. His doctorate is in criminal justice.
The True Vegans
There are different types of Vegans and each group has some annoying qualities, but they do not all rank the same.
True Vegans are the least annoying. These people grew up being Vegan and do not know anything else. They do not see animals as food sources. They do not hold or impose judgements on others. Veganism is merely a life style their family followed. They make sure to bring a Vegan dish to potlucks, but do not expect others to do the same. Close friends may create a vegan option as a courtesy, but it is never expected.
These people tend to shop in natural food stores. You are not likely to run into them in a commercial supermarket. They often grow a good portion of their own foods and tend to shop frequently and purchase only what they need for the short term. They tend to be averse to wasting food or other resources. This is more of a lifestyle than anything else and since they don’t have a huge amount of interaction with people who have other lifestyles, they are not high on the annoying meter.
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PETA Vegans are also not super annoying. They choose to not eat meat because they believe in the ethical treatment of animals. They protest by not being part of the demand for animal products and mainly focus on how animals should be treated. They may seem annoying by exposing meat-eaters to the truth about how animals are treated when they are being raised for slaughter. American’s, in particular, like a comfortable distance between their food and the fact that it was once an animal. Even the most ardent meat eaters must admit that food source animals are not treated humanely. Many would prefer to remain ignorant and enjoy their meal.
PETA Vegans often eat processed foods which are designed to mimic meat. Soy Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Chicken flavored tofu, Almond milk, and Tofu Turkey. For meat-eaters, these foods are just plain odd. Nobody would try to flavor beef to emulate the taste of a carrot yet PETA Vegan’s like the flavor of meat…just not meat. Many PETA Vegans also often forget to check prepackaged foods, cosmetics and toiletries for contents derived from animals.
It is not known how many PETA vegans might add lab grown meat to their diet once it become universally available.
The Health and Diet Vegans
Health and Diet Vegans can be annoying at times. These are usually people who once ate meat and are trying a lifestyle change in hopes of gaining health improvements or losing weight. When they initially change, they love to share their new awakening with others. Many non-vegans are very supportive initially but over time lose interest.
Health and Diet Vegans will go out of their way to post the most delicious looking vegan recipes online. This seems more of an attempt to get friends who have lost interest in the life style change, back on board. Unfortunately, if a non-vegan comments on how good one of the recipes looks, their next question is almost always…how did it taste? The response from the health and diet vegan is almost always the same…”I haven’t tried it”. Sometimes they will include the word, “yet”. Health and Diet Vegans usually don’t continue with the life style long, they begin by eating reintroducing eggs and dairy into their meal plans, then fish and before long are back to their regular diet.
Vegan food does not mean diet food. Many vegetable products are high in fat and carbohydrates such as pasta, bread, potatoes, cereal, and avocados. Furthermore, in order to add taste to food, health and diet vegans will often overuse salad dressing and sauces which are high in fat and calories. Vegan food also does not mean health food. It is important to take the time to know which foods provide you with the protein you will be missing from eating meat or the naturally occurring bacteria within the body will seek out internal sources of protein to digest.
In nature. animals with canine teeth eat meat. Humans also have canine teeth.
Political Vegans rank high on the annoying meter. They tend to be very obsessed with their cause and want to impose their beliefs on others. They harass restaurants like Burger King to add Veggie Burgers and McDonald's to add salads, and then they never return to purchase these items.
The more aggressive ones will actively protest in front of steak houses or butcher shops. Those that are passive aggressive will walk into a burger restaurant and complain about their not being Vegan options. Political Vegans attempt to blame all the woes of the world, from poverty to nationalism, on the consumption of meat. They conveniently forget that Hitler was a vegan.
The Hipster Vegan
Hipster Vegans are the most annoying of all the Vegans. They tend to be in their early 20’s, self-absorbed, and seeking a way to break away from the norms of their parents (even while often still living in their parent’s basement). They are vegan to appear trendy. It is more image than conviction.
Hipsters are the most likely to bait you into a conversation and then take the conversation into a different direction, so they can confront you about eating meat. No matter what, the conversation will continue to return to veganism. It is a self-identity and not simply what they choose to eat. They tend to present themselves as being more educated than they are. If you were to offer them a Jello shot, they usually gladly accept it…without realizing Jello is made from animal bones. But, Hey....if Jello shots are trendy.
What if Meat Eaters Were That Annoying?
Whatever type of Vegan you meet, just realize that vegetables are indeed good for us all, and adding more to your own diet doesn’t hurt. You can still wrap most of them in bacon.
What Type of Vegan Are You?
Isabel on September 24, 2019:
I couldn't survive as vegan. I hate all fruit and rarely eat vegetables...
Dr John Bridges (author) from Portland, OR on May 28, 2019:
Oh Charlie, this dummy does have a platform and you can too...with a little effort. this entire article was meant to be tongue in cheek humor...but these days humor is lost on many, like yourself. And yes, Hitler was a vegan...whats your point?
Charlie on May 27, 2019:
Dr. Bridges , "Hitler was a vegan" lol. You wrote an entire article based on internet memes with such little understanding of anything you are trying to discuss, the whole thing is a bit embarrassing to be honest. That's one of the problems with the internet, any dummy can have a platform, no offense.
Dr John Bridges (author) from Portland, OR on April 24, 2019:
Sofia, there are differences between vegetarians and vegans. yes ultra carnivores are annoying too, bbq grills as big as a car etc. I like veggies too, somedays exclusively.
Sofia on April 24, 2019:
Have been vegetarian for 22 years and I can tell you meateaters ARE that anoying. And they come in the same packages, health, political, Anti-peta and so on.
I NEVER tell people that I am a vegetarian because I am tiered of having to argue for it everyday.
Dr John Bridges (author) from Portland, OR on April 21, 2019:
Ally, the article was a bit tongue in cheek. surely though you know people who fit the molds presented, even if you yourself do not fit into those categories. I have tried being a vegetarian and certainly eat far less eat than in the past. Veganism though is a step beyond that, it is more of a lifestyle. There are may who try to impose their opinions on others from both sides. I say live and let live...but please note the article was meant to be satirical in nature and perhaps I missed the mark. JB
Ally on April 20, 2019:
As a new vegan (I fit more into the "dieter vegan" type category who shares recipes online to give meat eaters inspiration and hold myself accountable), I find meat eaters to be very annoying. It's quite biased for a meat-eater to make an entire video as a parody of how vegans would feel if meat-eaters "acted like them," but from the perspective of vegans, meat eaters are annoying enough. Im not the type of vegan to even mention my lifestyle unless someone tries to offer me something that I cannot eat. This then opens up the flood gate for questions, criticism, and harassment by insecure meat-eaters. "How do you get any protein??" "We were made to eat meat. It's such an unhealthy & miserable way of life." "Vegans are so pretentious. Why do you want to associate yourself with them??" Many meat eaters subconsciously feel as though someone simply stating a difference in life choices is somehow an attack on their own. It has nothing to do with the "annoying-ness" of that person. Rather the perceived level of annoyance of vegans is just the conscious of meat-eaters getting at them. Meat eaters don't harass each other, but vegans never hear the end of the scrutiny of our lifestyle choices from non-vegans.
Dr John Bridges (author) from Portland, OR on August 13, 2018:
Tsad, excellent points, thanks for sharing.
Liz...maybe she has met her dietary calling
ReadMike....yup, I hear you
Liz Westwood from UK on August 13, 2018:
My daughter has stuck to the vegetarian diet for 3-4years now. The longer she continues the more likely I think it is that she will stick with it.
Readmikenow on August 13, 2018:
Very interesting article. We have vegans in our family. They are annoying. I once pointed out to a family member vegan who was lecturing me about eating meat that they arrived wearing a leather coat. They didn't see the hypocrisy. I've been to the homes of vegans and they do make some very good food. I just can do without the lectures.
The Logician from now on on August 13, 2018:
If a vegan eats meat once a month it may or may not be enough to upset digestion. I know because I am a vegan who eats meat occasionally, maybe once in several months if I am invited to have dinner at someone’s house who isn’t a vegetarian. However as I said another vegan may not be able to do that because of their genetic makeup, they may have a more delicate digestive system - I on the other hand am known for having an iron stomach!
I became vegan after watching the documentary “forks over knives” and I must say that was very educational, google Netflix food health videos and you will find some very interesting stuff however my biggest criticism of them is that they virtually ignore the fact that individual genetic makeup plays s big part in how your diet affects you as I demonstrated with my mother. They will show you people who live to be 100 on vegetable diets but never point out people do live to that age without significant health problems while mostly eating meat.
I have not noticed much difference being a vegan for 2 years now however I always ate tons of fruit and vegetables along with meat. Actually an occasional serving of meat or fish seems to help my digestive system as on a vegan diet my stools are looser than when I ate meat and a little meat firms them up.
Dr John Bridges (author) from Portland, OR on August 13, 2018:
Oh TSAD, you said that a vegan eating one meat meal a month won't hurt....it actually will. same goes when a meat eater switches to only vegetables (I did that myself for a while). we all ave bacteria in our body to help us digest food, this includes E-Coli which is needed to break down meat protein. When you switch to something your body is not used to...some of the bacteria in your body no longer has a purpose and can cause difficulties with digestion. It usually involves extreme bloating in the lower intestines. it does hurt.
Pickle juice is a great way to re-establish the bacteria balance. I was never an actual vegan though, I love cheese...I just was on a kick to try new things. Found lots of veggies I never knew I would love.
Dr John Bridges (author) from Portland, OR on August 12, 2018:
Thank you all for your comments. TSAD, there really is no way for us to know how long we will live, I have heard of people living healthy lives and dying young and others who made no attempt to be healthy but live to an advanced age...we just never know. I am glad your mom is doing so well.
Liz, who knows if your daughter will stick to the vegetarian thing. If my boys are any evidence...they ran through trends pretty quickly.
AB, if Bacon grew on a bush I would gladly become a vegan
The Logician from now on on August 12, 2018:
And btw although my father died of cancer probably due to his chain smoking of old gold regulars which anyone of that age will tell you was the strongest cigarette (along with lucky strikes) one could smoke (while second hand smoke had no effect on us) he was ambulatory up until the last 4 days of his life and the doctors said it was because he had an unbelievably strong heart - he ate meat and a lot of it (and spaghetti and Pizza and Ballantine beer along with Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches weekly - we lived in a Philadelphia suburb).
Liz Westwood from UK on August 12, 2018:
I read your article with interest as my youngest daughter, former art student in her early 20s, turned vegetarian and then went vegan. However, having found she struggled to keep to a vegan diet, she has gone back to being a vegetarian.
The Logician from now on on August 12, 2018:
Great hub page! I like the way you have delineated the types of Vegans - I never thought about it that much.
I think where people make a mistake is with assuming one size fits all, that there is only one way to go. My mother is over 100 years old, was a registered nurse in the Navy for 7 years during WW 2. Aside from arthritic knees that have her needing a walker at this age this 5foot 2, eyes are blue healthy woman is not obese, takes no drugs has all her wits about her and the Cardiologist says she has the heart of a 60 year old.
This despite the fact she has eaten meat everyday of her life, lived for 45 years in a small house with a chain smoking husband (who died of cancer). I tell people she is so well preserved because she drinks a little coffee with her sugar and puts salt on her salt and never smoked or did drugs which is the truth.
So would a vegan diet lengthened her life? Well she’s not dead yet and if she lives to be 115 I don’t think the answer would be yes.
My point is everyone is an individual and your habits and genetic make up as an individual are just as important as what you eat. The key is to be moderate in whatever you choose to eat. For a Vegan meat one meal a month can’t hurt and for a meat eater more vegetables in your diet certainly isn’t s bad thing. Study the evidence, your family history and identify your nutrient obsessions, needs and wants and choose a path of common sense balance and self control, promote this approach and leave fanaticism to the fanatics.
A B Williams from Central Florida on August 12, 2018:
While I am here goofing off, my Hubby is frying bacon and it smells heavenly!
We'll be tilling and preparing for our Fall garden in a few short weeks.
It's all good....no politics, no trends, no worries, just enjoying life and grateful for good food.