Eating a vegan diet is rare in our society. Most people in the United States grow up eating meat and believe that this is the best source for protein and important nutrients. Thus, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about being vegan because people simply don’t know; as it is not what we are taught in the Standard American Diet or as some call, the sad diet.
Since beginning my vegan journey, I have received a lot of interesting questions…and to be honest I had the same questions before I began my journey. In this post I debunk some of the myths and misconceptions that I hear a lot.
1. Vegans don’t get enough protein.
Meat is not the only source of protein. If you were looking to get about 46 – 56 grams of protein in a day, of course an 8 oz. steak could easily get you over 50 grams of protein. However, there are many other alternatives that can be considered for protein.
A few food items I like to eat/drink for protein are kale, avocados, beans, hummus, protein shakes (I use almond milk as a milk alternative), nuts and nut butters (such as peanuts or almonds), tofu (although some argue you should eat soy in moderation), and sunflower seeds. A ½ cup of black beans can have about 8 grams of protein.
Check out this graphic from PETA with more info on the amount of protein that some non-animal sources offer.
2. Vegans are healthy.
Just because you eat a vegan diet doesn’t mean that you are healthy. While I believe eating less meat and dairy or no meat and dairy at all can be a positive food choice, it’s also important to exercise, drink water, and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. There are different levels to this type of diet. On the extreme end are people who eat raw foods only…to those who may have modifications such as no fried foods, they don’t use oil, they use sugar and salt in moderation, and/or they work to have an active colon (regular bowel movements that are soft and not difficult to eliminate), etc.
3. Vegan food is boring and nasty.
Similar to eating meat dishes, a tasty plate depends on the cook and the seasoning. I love to eat and still do partake in common foods and desserts–the vegan version :-).
One thing to note is that a lot of the foods I eat have ingredients that are acquired tastes. So there have been times when I have taken someone to a vegan restaurant and they didn’t really appreciate the food. This was due to the fact that they were not accustomed to eating foods with certain types of seasonings. Thus, the food tasted weird as their taste buds weren’t used to it.
4. Being vegan is expensive.
Most people equate shopping healthy to shopping at Whole Foods or another health food store. Nonetheless, it’s possible to eat a vegan diet on a budget. While I do pick up a few products—that I absolutely can’t get anywhere else—from stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, I don’t do all of my grocery shopping there. I’ve actually mastered shopping at discount stores like Aldi’s. If you go to Aldi’s in the “right” neighborhood in Chicago, you can find affordable fresh produce, organic products, and unique vegan-friendly items there.
No matter who you are, everyone’s health journey is different. It takes time and work to figure out what is right for you. Make informed choices and listen to your body.
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