This wasn't always the case, however. When I first stopped eating meat, I always had my kitchen stocked with Boca burgers, soy dogs, faux deli meats, and even faux sausage patties. I really depended on them to help me replace the initial cravings I had for the taste and texture of traditional American comfort food. It's hard to break an eating habit that you've had since childhood. It was also easy to stop into a supermarket while traveling on the road and buy faux deli meats to munch on when no veggie restaurant options were immediately available.
Unfortunately, becoming dependent upon processed foods is not making the true transformation that a vegan or vegetarian diet aims to produce. It also doesn't help with weight control either. As an aside, not all faux meats are vegan either, so that was another factor. Now, I avoid processed faux meats except when dining at vegan restaurants where it's the specialty of the house. Replacing meat-based protein with natural fresh plant-based protein is the best habit for a healthy diet.
Having said that, faux meats are instrumental in helping people transition from a meat-based diet to a plant-based one. Even if you are a still considering the transition, I recommend trying out a Boca burger or something similar. The taste is great and its still a better alternative to ground beef or pork. Even faux chicken products are becoming popular since the mimic almost exactly the real thing. This article lists some faux meat products which have gone mainstream. But try not to become dependent upon them and slowly make the transition to fresh protein ingredients and you'll really start to see the benefits of the vegetarian or vegan diet!