Elsewhere in the world, vegetarianism is gaining proponents* who cite evidence that eating less meat is good for your heart and reduces the risk of certain types of cancer.
But in Cuba, the island's handful of vegetarians face an uphill battle. Meat is such a central pillar of the Cuban diet, or at least the idea of the Cuban diet, that the rare decision to embrace vegetarianism is widely seen as bordering on insanity.
It's because of past hard times with no meat at all... more here.
*This seems anecdotally true, but difficult to establish/quantify worldwide—stating it as fact is dodgy. The internet says it doesn't know. Anyone?