Ok, now maybe I am a little biased because I personally don't really like a lot of the fake meat products that are out there. I have found a few I'll buy occassionally that I don't mind, but for the most part, I stay away.
Bias aside, faux meat can be expensive. Take, for example, the lovely four pack of faux chicken patties that I buy on occassion. They are amazing. I mean, seriously the best fake meat I've ever eaten. They taste just like real chicken, but they're vegan. BUT, that neat little four pack, at least here in the Fargo-Moorhead area, costs me over 4 dollars. That's about $1 per patty. Yeah it seems cheap when you say only $1 a patty.
But what else could I get with that $1? Well this week I could have used that dollar on any of the following that I actually bought:
*Bananas (will last me at least until thursday, maybe Friday)
*a couple peaches
*a small amount of pineapple for smoothies
So, relatively speaking, those chicken patties can add up. You're better off eating things straight from the garden or the whole grains and saving things like fake meat for a special treat.