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6 Vegan Diet Myths That Need to Be Debunked for Good

Even though there is huge popularity about veganism nowadays, there are many people out there who don’t like the idea of veganism, following some myths. True, there is too much misinformation like what happens when you cut out eggs, meat, or dairy products from your meals.

Some people also think that plant-based diets fall short on nutrition or are unappealing and restrictive. Well, unfortunately, such kinds of myths about the plant-based diet could prevent people from giving veganism a try.

So, let’s bust such myths to encourage people to go vegan.

Myth 1: Vegan Diets Offer Less Energy

Let’s talk practically about this. Recently, a magazine named the Bloomberg Businessweek ran an article about The Rise of the Power Vegans, in which it was mentioned that how high powered CEOs or prominent personalities are making conscious steps towards veganism.

For example, Ford Executive Chairman of the Board Bill Ford, Former President Bill Clinton, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Whole Foods Market Chief Executive Officer John Mackey, venture capitalist Joi Ito, Steve Wynn, Russell Simmons, Mort Zuckerman have all chosen to go vegan.

So, it clearly says, no one lacks energy in plant-based diets, especially if you can run huge corporations on a vegan diet!

Myth 2: Vegans Don’t Get Enough Iron, So They Become Anemic

It’s the biggest misconception people have. There are many excellent vegan dietary sources of iron, for example, tofu, wholegrain cereals (in particular, iron-fortified breakfast cereals), legumes (lentils, dried peas, and beans), nuts (especially cashews) and many more.

As a fact, many dietary experts have opined that in terms of iron absorption, vegan diets contribute to the body’s increased efficiency.

Myth 3: A Vegan Lifestyle is Expensive

As you have to substitute animal products with fancy plant-based ones, it’s a common myth that a vegan diet is costlier. Not so true! Because compared to eating a diet that consists of meat, eggs, fish, and dairy, eating a healthy plant-based diet is cheaper.

Yes, the average grocery bill will be lesser than that of a non-vegetarian or a vegetarian even when vegans buy and consume packaged soy milk and tofu.

Well, in most dishes, the basic ingredients remain the same. The only difference is that one uses sunflower oil instead of using ghee, or one uses jackfruit or tofu, instead of meat.

Myth 4: Vegans are Physically Weak

Again let’s talk with the stats. So, let’s consider all the various people who are choosing to go vegan in recent times.

One of the known Sar athletes and multiple Olympic gold medal winner, Carl Lewis, chose to go vegan in the year 1990 and followed this with outstanding results in the 1991 World Championships, which he accredited to the vegan diet he adopted a year before.

Another great example is Mike Tyson, a top athlete gone vegan!

Myth 5: Plant-Based Diets are Inappropriate for Pregnant Women

Based on a survey, the American Dietetic Association is of the view that a well-planned plant-based diet is appropriate for anyone and all stages of life, even for pregnant women.

Myth 6: Vegan Diets are Calcium & Protein Deficient

Even though vegans prefer not to have milk and any dairy product, it doesn’t imply that they lack in calcium and protein because many researchers have shown that vegan diets possess no negative impact on bone density.

As a fact, many people don’t know that animal protein pulls calcium from the bones to weaken them, which surely doesn’t happen with vegans who consume healthier plant proteins.

Final Thoughts

So, here we have discussed some of the vegan myths and put them to bed for good. Also, if you know someone who thinks that these are true, share this blog to give them the low-down!

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