Enjoying a real turkey

At a time when most people in the U.S. are looking forward to a Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings, Preston Nelson is once again touting the vegan life as more healthy and “life-affirming” in his Nov. 26 letter. At first, I found his reasons for chucking the turkey at Thanksgiving quite hilarious, but then who is he to tell us how we should eat. So I decided to look at his points one by one.

  • “Eating vegan will help one stay awake during the whole football game.” Which “game” was he referring to? I saw three.
  • “You are what you eat.” I thought turkey was low in fat while the pumpkin pie, candied yams and mashed potatoes, which Mr. Nelson stated he eats, were the fatty foods.
  • “Your vegetarian kid won’t have to boycott the family dinner.” We cook our vegetarian daughter a soy burger or ribs, and then she fills up on the vegetables and fruit dishes, so she certainly does not feel left out of the celebration.
  • “You won’t have to call the Poultry Hotline to keep your family alive” and, “Fruits and vegetables don’t have to carry government warning labels.” What Turkey Hotline? The warning labels on turkeys say that it can be harmful if you do not cook it properly. Maybe the GMO grown fruits and vegetables should have warning labels, too.
  • “You won’t sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.” Whatever than means.
  • “You won’t spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived or died.” I sleep very well after most Thanksgiving dinners knowing that the turkey on my table fulfilled his intended purpose.
  • “Your body will welcome a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol, and hormones.” See point No. 2.

In addition, are there usable leftovers with tofurkey, and will dogs like it, too? I think not. So if Mr. Nelson wants to lead the vegan life and feel that by doing so, he will live longer, go ahead. However, in the meantime, leave the rest of us alone to eat our turkey dinners.

Carol St. Peter