If you are thinking of becoming a vegan, then you may have heard statements which represent or create the wrong impression about vegans. Most of the statements which do not capture the essence of veganism are myths which should be dispelled. To help you appreciate the lifestyle and eating patterns of vegans, we shall look at 3 myths which every vegan should be aware of and which one should not hold as true.
A Vegan Don’t Get Adequate Protein Supply
Most vegans may feel disadvantaged or may be made to believe that they can’t get enough protein from their vegetarian diet. Also, they may also believe that plant protein is somewhat incomplete. Well, it’s common knowledge that animals are not the only source of proteins. Diets which include plants are not only lower in cholesterol, but they also have low fat and supply high fiber. On the contrary, animal protein is high in fat and cholesterol which causes heart and coronary disease and also it doesn’t provide fiber to vegans.
Dieticians believe that individuals who take 2000 calories in a day should take 50g protein. An alternative for vegans is to take ½ a cup of chickpeas which has about 6gms of protein. They can also take ½ a cup of tofu with about 20 grams and a vegetable burger which supplies 15 grams. All this combination adds up to 50 grams which means that a vegan can get protein without dabbling with bacon, beef, or pork. It is also common knowledge that a variety of vegan plant foods supplies adequate protein to meet the daily dietary needs of individuals. In fact, there is a whole lot more of delightful recipes from plants that can take care of protein needs of vegans who are concerned about shortcomings that arise from abstaining from meat and animal products.
- Vegans Have Many Limitations on what they can eat
Contrary to popular belief, vegans are the ones who believe that meat eaters have several rules regarding their diet. In the US, those who eat meat products are favourably predisposed to eating beef than horse meat or chicken instead of cats. However, Indians in Asia abhor beef and in Korea, dog meat is a delicacy. Still, others abhor pigs because of religious traditions but others eat pork. Some products also incorporate animal content whether you like it or not. For instance, shampoo has eggs, and toothpaste has animal bones, marshmallows incorporate gelatin. Given the discrepancy in beliefs over what meat eaters consume or come in contact with; it becomes clear that vegans have one rule. The unwritten rule is that they steer away from meat, eggs, milk, and any other product from
- Vegans and Veganism is on the Decline
Some people have associated eating meat with increased virility and this is just one of the views that is used to disparage vegans. This myth was very common in the 60’s and it was given a shot when some anthropologists argued that the civilization of man was advanced by “meat eaters”. There are some commercials which still try to reinforce the myth. These ideologies are ridiculous and do not capture the essence of the lifestyle of vegans.
So, don’t let anything distract you in your quest to become a vegan. There is a whole lot more to enjoy as you keep your health on the right path.