Veganism has gained momentum in the recent past due to its applicability to climate change and an increase in the furore surrounding unfair practices in the meat and dairy industry.
However, with the spike in popularity, there has also been a spike in dissent for the lifestyle change and with that has come some pretty prominent half-truths or myths that need to be busted.
Veganism is not healthy and can lead to vitamin deficiency
Vegan diets are very healthy but they can tend to lack certain vitamins and nutrients that are present in eggs, dairy and meat.
Vegans often have to get creative with acquiring protein, calcium, and iron. They also will probably have to take supplements for vitamin b12 and omega 3 fatty acids that can only be found through animal products.
Vegan food doesn’t fill you up
This is blatantly untrue. In fact, vegan foods tend to have higher fibre content so they diest slower. This keeps you full for longer and prevents binge eating.
This is also why fitness trainers and weight loss programs tend to promote diets high in fiber.
Vegans are soft-hearted animal lovers
Of course, vegan diets keep many animals from death. But that isn’t the sole purpose behind following a vegan lifestyle. It has many benefits for the environment and individual health. Besides, if animal rights were the point many more lives could be saved via activism, by comparison, to simply eating plant-based food.
So, while animal advocacy can be considered an important part of being vegan. It’s not the whole story.
Pets can’t be vegan
This isn’t exactly true. Dogs can eat a vegan diet. The pet owners will have to be careful and plan out their meals. But it is possible. However, cats can only absorb certain nutrients via meat. So, it is extremely inadvisable to feed them a vegan diet.
Alternatively, Rabbits are great pets for vegans because they’re natural herbivores and don’t require meat.
Vegan food isn’t tasty
A huge lie and mostly an excuse. Vegan food can taste excellent, the only barrier to taste is how hung up you can get about a lack of meat. And even then, plant-based imitation meat has been developed and is widely available, albeit expensive.
Adopting a vegan diet has no real impact on the environment
Research from the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73 percent. Additionally, they found that if everyone stopped eating meat and dairy, global farmland use could be reduced by 75 percent.
This could result in a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions and free up wild land that was taken over by agriculture. Hence, preventing mass wildlife extinction.
Vegan food is expensive
Sure, buying plant-based meat and three different types of milk is expensive. But it must be argued that this is simply because a vegan lifestyle has not yet reached levels of mass consumption. Meaning that there aren’t huge food chains making massive batches of products for cheap. Simply because the consumer base doesn’t really exist yet. However, vegan prices are dropping rapidly and will continue to drop as it gets more popular to eat plant-based.
In the meantime, try to eat some vegetables a couple times a week.
Not suitable for children
A child can get all the nutrients they require from a vegan diet. But it must be noted that the diet has to be planned properly and the parents must be well informed on the nutrients they need to serve their child. Also whatever supplements may be required.
Vegans don’t associate with meat-eaters
That is most definitely untrue. If a vegan is not associating with you, it’s more likely that they just don’t enjoy your company. There’s no hard and fast rule that if you are vegan your friends can’t be meat-eaters.
It is very much a stereotype.
Pregnant women should not be vegan
As I’m sure has become obvious by now, yes, vegan diets can lack supplements. But that is only the case if you aren’t paying attention to what you eat. With proper planning, a vegan diet is safe for anyone to eat even if they’re pregnant.