Since its origins, veganism has (also) the mission of banishing the myths that surround it. Many people who are afraid of change, or who are not informed, repeat the following phrases over and over again.
If you’re interested in switching to a vegan lifestyle, the good news is: you are not alone.
In the world, as estimated, there are 79 million vegans. Quite a lot, right? Well, it is a lot! Yet, it represents barely 1% of the world population.
While the first cause has been animal cruelty, in recent times other concerns have been added that have increased the supporters of the vegan movement. These concerns such as health, sustainability and the climate crisis that we are facing, have forced us to rethink the way we go through life.
Also, the Google search for ‘veganism’ has seen an increase of 580 percent over the last years.
1# vegans can’t eat meat and don’t get enough protein
False. First of all, it’s not like “vegans can’t eat meat”. However, veganism it’s a life choice, not a restriction. We can eat meat, we choose not to.
In addition, a plant-based diet provides all the necessary nutrients (except vitamin B12, which must be supplemented). Eating a plant-based diet does not cause protein deficiency. Furthermore, is healthy at any stage of life, and the advice of health professionals is always recommended to ensure the necessary nutritional diversity.
2# vegan products are more expensive
Also, false. A plant-based diet should be based on foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains. If you get these foods, seasonally and locally, they are cheaper than animal products and more sustainable. Get down to business in the kitchen and create tempting and healthy food!
3# vegan have a deficit of calcium
It isn’t true. Almonds, sesame seeds, broccoli, cabbage, tofu, dried figs, legumes such as beans or chickpeas, and wholemeal bread, can be a great contributions of calcium. In this matter, information it’s the key, as in any other diet.
4# vegans only eat lettuce
This is one of the funniest. Eating without animal cruelty often leads us to look for new and more interesting recipes than the ones we’re used to. Don’t forget everything that the plant world offers: vegetables, cereals, legumes, nuts, fruits that go a long way.
5# vegans have less physical strength
According to the American Dietetic Association, properly planned vegan diets are wholesome, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.
You can consult a nutritionist specialized in this type of diet to help you adjust this eating pattern to your energy and nutritional requirements. Have you seen “The Game Changers”? It’s a documentary feature film about the benefits of plant-based diets for athletes. The film contains testimonials from several successful athletes, such as the professional tennis player Novak Djokovic.
6# weight loss is guaranteed
Not necessarily. It is a reality that those people who start this type of diet lose weight in a short time, but often it is not due to veganism, but to a change for the better in diet since they increase the consumption of fruits, vegetables and legumes and stop consuming especially processed and highly caloric products. But, for sure, this does not happen to everyone, it is directly related to the eating habits that are sustained.
7#Being vegan damages relationships with family and others
Like any significant change in your life, it may take some time for those around you to get used to it. Even along the way there may be those who try to object. It can be useful to think of clear ways to convey the reasons for your choice and those who share your day to day can understand it.
#Bonus Track – Did you know that these celebrities are vegan?
Beyoncé, Sadie Sink, Billie Eilish, Zac Efron, Joaquin Phoenix, Miley Cyrus, Venus Williams and Natalie Portman, just to name a few.
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