There are some very good points here in these last posts. My wife the vegan eats vegan fake hot dogs. I don't think that they are food.
My colleague the vegan eats oreos and lots of sugary snacks.
Some of my friends, the paleos, eat huge piles of cheap CAFO meat.
Fake meat, fake fat, and fake carbs have created a lot of problems for people.
There are a lot of subtle reasons for things in traditional cuisine. Cuisine from India puts black pepper in the curry with turmeric. Now we know that it makes the cucurmin much more bioavailable.
There is a reason why Thai, Chinese and Indian cooks can make a plateful of vegetables indescribably delicious.
My wife and I are always experimenting with some plant, mushroom or spice to make food more yummy and healthy.
We do have slightly different flavor profiles and that's ok.
A little bit of real extra virgin olive oil can really help distribute flavor and actually helps decrease cardiovascular risk.
There is an elegant balance in great cuisine that home cooks can gradually attain through practice that doesn't hide huge amounts of sugar, GMO, pesticides, butter and salt in food, and can still make it yummy and healthy.
Balacing whole food plants, limited oils after cooking (drizzled), nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, proteins, and green leafies can do amazing things.
We arent' trying to trick people into buying our expensive secretly unhealthy product for profits. We are trying to feed ourselves in a healthy delicious way.
I think it can be done in a vegan, vegetarian or low, respectful meat way.
My two cents.