Published by PETA.

The following article was written by Keegan Baur.

Recently, I’ve been wondering what dishes are usually the centerpieces of families’ holiday meals. My own family has never really observed conventional traditions: On Christmas day, we always open presents in the morning, eat a late lunch at a local Mongolian stir-fry restaurant (where the food is made-to-order and cooked in front you), and then head to the movie theater in the afternoon. But it seems that many families prefer to eat some form of hamporkbeef, or turkey. No matter what you grew up eating during your holiday feasts, there’s almost always a tasty vegan substitute available—and it’s usually healthier for you! Take a look at the “pork” comparison below:

Match Ground ‘Pork’

  • Serving Size: 100 g
  • Calories: 140
  • Total Fat: 4.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 9 g
  • Sugars: 12 g
  • Sodium: 280 mg
  • Protein: 16 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg


Hormel Pork Roast

  • Serving Size: 112 g
  • Calories: 170
  • Total Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 1 g
  • Sugars: 19 g
  • Sodium: 480 mg
  • Protein: 18 g
  • Cholesterol: 60 mg


As you can see, the vegan version from Match has fewer calories and less fat, sodium, and cholesterol. And no mother pigs and piglets suffered any abuse in order to produce it! This year, leave pigs, cows, and turkeys off your holiday menu. All of these tasty alternatives await:

And don’t forget to check out our vegan holiday recipes!

What vegan and vegetarian items will be part of your family feast?

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