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Debunking Biggest Myths About Veganism

There are many different myths about the vegan 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. We are here to 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! Many research studies have shown, in fact, 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.
There is so much false in this statement it’s 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) and 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 also flows into this point as well: it is possible to get the recommended amount of calcium into a vegan diet without drinking and eating dairy products that will enable someone to keep muscles and bones healthy for 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.
First off, what? Secondly, no. NFL defensive lineman David Carter, 6-time Ironman champion John Joseph, and the tennis sisters, Venus and Serena Williams, are all vegans.
Need I say more?

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 you’ve got me here. However, I highly doubt a diet that comes recommended by oncologists for certain cancer patients is unhealthy.
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 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.
No, no, no, no, and no. 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.
“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.

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.
against animal cruelties.
“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.

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.
However, if debunking these myths still have you wondering if you will be able to stay physically fit on this type of eating lifestyle, then the next chapter is for you.
In this next chapter, we will outline many major athletes who have fully adopted a vegan eating lifestyle who are exponentially stronger than you.