[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yOTcxODE1My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2MDU0NDM4Nn0.K6HIIBVyQw0i4x_kD0zUVtLi6afKPivcTGNVdjZaDho%2Fimg.jpg%3Fwidth%3D1245%26coordinates%3D0%2C56%2C0%2C56%26height%3D700\u0026ho=https%3A%2F%2Fassets.rebelmouse.io\u0026s=263\u0026h=28506ce56d77e1b09f993abe2f2850505550102a41de13999f08e8958b817cc4\u0026size=980x\u0026c=2127726762 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yOTcxODE1My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2MDU0NDM4Nn0.K6HIIBVyQw0i4x_kD0zUVtLi6afKPivcTGNVdjZaDho%252Fimg.jpg%253Fwidth%253D1245%2526coordinates%253D0%252C56%252C0%252C56%2526height%253D700%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fassets.rebelmouse.io%26s%3D263%26h%3D28506ce56d77e1b09f993abe2f2850505550102a41de13999f08e8958b817cc4%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2127726762%22%7D" expand=1]Despite popular culture pushing meat alternatives and legacy media insisting that Americans are \u201cconsuming less red meat,\u201d Americans are eating more beef today than five years ago. Americans are refusing to ditch red meat in defiance of fad diets and plant-based meat substitutes like the Impossible and Beyond lines of burgers taking over space on restaurant menus.The New York Post reported that the average American consumed 58.6 pounds of red meat in 2021. In 2017, Americans recorded an all-time low by consuming an average of 54 pounds of red meat that year.Americans are eating roughly five more pounds of red meat than five years ago. The New York Post suggested that veganism is a fad that might be on the way out. The Post said that New York City\u2019s exclusive dining scene has even pulled the plug on restaurant projects featuring meatless menus.The Post said, \u201cThe owners of a new skyscraper, 425 Park Avenue, pulled the plug on a planned new restaurant there by EMP chef/owner Daniel Humm because he insisted on an all-vegan menu.\u201dHumm also \u201cgot the boot\u201d from the Claridge\u2019s hotel in London over the same issue.The Post also suggested that figures in popular culture continually insisting that a meatless diet is the future is an example of them being \u201chilariously out of touch with the masses.\u201d\u201cThe media-propelled notion that Americans have turned from red meat to fake meat is a case of Park Slope talking to Park Slope \u2014 elites hilariously out of touch with the masses,\u201d the Post said.The New York Times recently suggested that Americans were increasingly moving towards meatless diets by citing a 2019 Gallup poll indicating that one-quarter of its respondents ate less meat. The Times said that respondents to the poll primarily did so \u201cfor health reasons.\u201dThe Post, however, insisted that \u201cBig Apple steakhouses are thriving and adding locations\u201d and that the \u201cban-the-beef movement is part of a ban-anything-that-tastes-good mindset that holds sway in woker-than-thou circles.\u201dOutside of New York City\u2019s exclusive dining scene, people might simply be eating more beef than faux beef for economic reasons. Buying beef \u2014 at $5.99 a pound \u2014 to feed a family of four or five is more affordable than buying Impossible Burger meat substitute packages for nearly $8 \u2014 before sales tax \u2014 per pound.Contrary to the popular cultural narrative, for the time being, at least, the working man eats steak while the rich man eats planted-based steak substitute.