As a vegan, or aspiring such, you may have come across all sorts of stereotypes (you can have a laugh about those in the video below) and myths about veganism. A friend of mine, who gave up on animal products recently, shared with me that when she goes out with her parents, they would show her a pot of plants and tell her ‘Isn’t this your meal?” Sounds a bit cruel, right?
Still, the best thing you could do is be informed! The more educated you are on the subject, the less they will be able to attack you with food stereotypes that are nothing but brainwash. Here are
The 8 most outraging vegan myths debunked,
which you can share for all your meat-eating friends to see, or just use to back up your own arguments when being provoked (I don’t recommend trying to preach or ‘promote’ veganism if you haven’t been questioned or attacked about it).
Also watch this amazing video on ‘Why I’m Vegan” – one of the best footages ever made on the subject
1. Veganism is dangerous for your health
A well-planned vegan diet, not only is NOT dangerous for your health, but also contributes to the prevention and treatment of many diseases. In fact, veganism is a powerful tool for health. Lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, maintaining optimal body weight are just some of the benefits that a vegan diet will give you. According to the American Association of food, people who exclude animal products from their diet have a much lower risk of developing diabetes, ischemic heart disease, heart attack, stroke, prostate cancer and colon cancer.
2. Veganism is not recommended for toddlers and pregnant women
Numerous studies have shown that vegans often have more strength and endurance than meat eaters. If we give it some further thoughts, in nature the most powerful animals are herbivorous. Horse, bull, elephant – they all have healthy bodies, greater endurance and phenomenal power that allows them to carry heavy loads. None of the carnivorous animals has enough energy and stamina to do that.
4. Vegans’ libido is low
I’ve never come across authoritative studies proving this assertion. But since there are numerous studies showing that vegans are more durable, this suggests they have a greater chance to perform better in bed, too.
5. Vegans usually follow a spiritual teaching / alternative religion
There are many spiritual teachings, which recommend a vegan or vegetarian style of eating Not all vegans are bound by any religion, though. More often than not they are people who choose this way of life due to health, ethical and environmental reasons. For most of us, veganism is a responsible step towards preserving the planet and all its living beings rather than strictly following any religion or doctrine.
6. Plant based foods leave you hungry
Nuts and legumes do fill you up for a long time. If you get hungry faster, you could just eat small amounts of food 4-6 times a day – this is what fitness-conscious meat eaters recommend too.
7. Milk is vital for health
There is nothing in animal foods that cannot be obtained from plants. Inadequate calcium intake is an unjustified concern for avoiding a vegan lifestyle. Vital food is breast milk during the first few years of a person’s life. It provides everything needed to build a healthy body. Animal milk, in particular cow’s milk has a completely different structure, and entirely different qualities than human milk. The human body finds it extremely difficult to absorb cow’s milk, because when a child outgrows their third year of age, the body no longer produces the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the milk sugar lactose. Nature has provided for the older person to get their nourishment from other sources and stops the production of this enzyme.
For most people vegan meals are just meat side dishes, and hence this myth. There is a huge variety of delicious vegan recipes that meat eaters have never tried. All it takes is to overcome one’s prejudice and start experimenting with new flavors and new foods. This is the way to discover a new world of unexpectedly tasty, healthy and highly varied dishes!
Have a laugh with this video on vegan stereotypes and tell us which one absolutely drives you nuts!
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”