There are many different myths about Vegan diet and the overall community that perpetrate society.
Some of them are large myths that have spread to the far corners of the world, and some of them are lesser-known myths that could wreak havoc on the community if believed by the general public.
In this article, we introduce you to these myths right before we debunk them completely.
Myth #1: Vegans don’t get enough protein in their diets.
This is simply false. While meat and things like eggs and milk are major sources of protein, they are not the only ones.
Many of our beloved vegetables have protein, like spinach. One cup of uncooked spinach has around 7 grams of protein.
Nut butter has 8 grams of protein per two tablespoons, quinoa has around 9 grams of protein per cup cooked, and one cup of cooked lentils packs a whopping 18 grams of protein!
Check out our list of best vegetarian protein sources here.
Many research studies have shown that both vegans and traditional eaters are usually getting too much protein in their diets.
Myth #2: If you can’t eat meat, then you can’t build muscle to become strong.
This statement is simply unbelievable. Things like hemp powder and dairy-deprived whey protein sources pack incredible volumes of protein (just like those traditional protein shakes that are beloved to bodybuilders).
The foods listed above are perfect meat protein “replacements” when it comes to taking in the required amount of protein in order to build and keep muscles strong.
However, another myth that perpetuates besides protein is the lack of calcium in Vegan diet. Sorry again, but it is easily possible to get the recommended amount of calcium from a vegan diet (even without drinking and eating dairy products) to keep muscles and bones healthy in the long term.
Things like raw nuts, calcium-fortified hemp milk, and cooked greens like broccoli and kale have great amounts of calcium in them per serving.
Myth #3: Vegans are weak.
This myth can be simply destroyed by sharing some examples of top athletes who are vegan.
NFL defensive lineman, David Carter
6-time Ironman champion, John Joseph
Tennis Legends, Venus and Serena Williams.
Boxing Legend, Mike Tyson
Need I say more?
If you’re interested, know more about these athletes and their stint with Vegan diet here.
Myth #4: Vegan diets are not healthy.
If fruits, vegetables, non-GMO products, no MSG, and a lack of meat and dairy are somehow unhealthy, then nothing qualifies as healthy food.
Additionally, even oncologists recommend the Vegan diet for certain cancer patients as they consider it to be the healthiest diet.
Not only does a vegan lifestyle afford the body more opportunities to acquire micro-and-macronutrients the body needs to operate and survive, it also helps to flush out the toxins and free radicals that have built up within the body that have been deposited by over-processed foods, grain-fed animal meats, and even over-pasteurized dairy products.
Myth #5: You will have to supplement holes in your diet with vitamins if you go vegan, which will end up costing you more money.
Alright, let’s break this one down: supplements are for holes in the diet. A vegan diet has been scientifically researched and measured against dozens of other diets, and it has come out on top time and time again as the most nutrient-dense diet on the planet.
The only reason people who attempt a vegan eating lifestyle and end up having to supplement with vitamins is because they are simply cutting out animal products and dairy. That is only half the battle. The other part is then replacing those things you have removed with things you can then ingest.
This idea of supplements costing you money, which makes a vegan diet somehow unattainable because of the hit your pocketbook takes is simply absurd.
A basic multivitamin that houses anywhere between 30 and 60 once-a-day pills is anywhere between $12 and $15 U.S. dollars on the market. Would you like to tally up how much you currently spend in takeout or fast food?
If you adopt a vegan eating lifestyle and remove animal products and dairy, then you have to make sure you replace those foods. Try other fruits and experiment with other vegetables!
Try to broaden your taste buds, and as you do this you will be finding other sources of vital nutrients and vitamins that were otherwise absent from your diet.
Myth #6: Veganism is an eating disorder.
First of all, “veganism” is a lifestyle while “vegan” is a way of eating. “Veganism” is a lifestyle that seeks to exclude all forms of animal cruelty and exploitation. This includes not eating animal products and byproducts, not purchasing clothing made from animal skins, and boycotting news and media outlets that either support or take no stance against animal cruelties.
Being “Vegan” is the eating lifestyle whereby animal products, byproducts and dairies are removed from the diet and replaced with suitable fruits, vegetables, and fortified non-dairy products in order to maintain bodily health and promote a healthy lifestyle.
An “eating disorder” is a mentally-based condition that surfaces in physical manifestations of control resulting in an incredibly unhealthy treatment of the body. Do you see a relation?
Myth #7: Veganism is “white.”
Apparently, some people believe that a vegan eating lifestyle and “veganism” in general is something that is only perpetrated and truly adopted in white upper middle class communities. Because of this, many people believe that vegans are somehow racist in nature, which is absolute and utter nonsense.
How do I know this? Well, refer back to myth #3. If you are not familiar with who any of those athletes are, then we will sit back and wait for you to look them up really quickly.
Myth #8: Vegans only eat vegetables and the food tastes horrendous.
Well, that’s just insulting.
Vegans eat all sorts of things, including vegetables. Raw nuts, all sorts of fruits, non-dairy fortified milks and drinks, freshly-squeezed juices, and hemp powder proteins are just a few of the foods vegans take in regularly.
A “plant-based” diet is not a diet of salads, it is a diet of anything that is grown in plant form.
This means potatoes, fresh herbs and spices, bananas, grapes, and virtually anything else that grows on a plant is consumable on this diet. Luckily enough, these are the same ingredients that can be used to make spicy bean chilies, hearty stews, sweet potato lasagnas, and even pizza!
Sounds pretty yummy to me!
Many people have been led away from adopting a vegan eating lifestyle because of things they have seen on the news or media that are simply not true. The myths above are just a handful of the myths perpetrated over the decades since plant-based diets have surged back into the public eye, and it is important to understand that these myths are not only false, but preposterous.