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5 Vegan Myths Busted

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Posted June 1, 2010 by Rachelle Owen

In case you haven’t already heard, going vegan is the best thing you can do for the animals, your health and the planet! There are a lot of people who are still a little confused about veganism, so I’m whippin’ out my myth-bustin’ skills to help shed some light on the matter.

5 Vegan Myths Busted

  • Vegans don’t get enough protein. If you’re eating a balanced diet with a variety of nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, fruits and veggies, you’re most likely getting all the protein you need. It turns out, the vast majority of Americans actually get too much protein in their diet.
  • Vegan food is expensive. Um, last time I checked, tofu was cheaper than steak. Just sayin’.
  • Vegan food is bland. I’m just going to let these photos speak for themselves.

  • Vegans are too skinny and weak. As a vegan, who has a bit of belly jelly (in a cute way) that I’d like to see disappear, I can say that this is super untrue. 😉 Also, since our bodies and digestive systems aren’t bogged down by having to process meat, we have tons of energy! Also, we vegans are far from being weak. Check out these vegan athletes: Mac Danzig, Carl Lewis and Pat Neshek, to name a few.
  • Being vegan is hard. There are vegan substitutes for everything (e.g. soy milk, soy sour cream, veggie burgers, veggie hot dogs, veggie lunch meat, etc.), so you don’t ever have to feel like you’re missing out on anything. Many of these products are sold at your local grocery store. When you go out to eat, simply modify your meal by asking the waiter to hold the meat and dairy. Voila! It’s so easy!

What’s your fave vegan myth to bust?

Just keepin’ it real,
Sunny

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  • 1852 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I get the protein one all the time. My dad actually made me chart out a day’s worth of meals to make sure I getting enough. I’ve also had my mom insist I eat some chicken because she thought I was protein-deficient. Yeah, right.
    I’m just vegetarian now, although I have started cutting eggs out of my diet. I’d love to be a full vegan but I still live with my parents and can’t yet afford my own groceries, and even if I could, the only vegetarian fare at the grocery store in my hometown is really basic, no meat substitutes or tofu or even canned beans without meat sauce. Ridiculous.

  • 1856 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    All that food looks AMAZING!
    the ‘what do you eat?’ nonsense is the worst. I’ve had a few people answer their own question with ‘rabbit food’. So witty.

  • 1857 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Vegan food is sooooo not bland!!

  • 1857 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    @Laura Some excellent sources of iron include: dried beans, spinach (and other leafy greens), enriched products, brewer’s yeast and dried fruits, to name a few. Hope this helps!

  • 1857 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m all for being vegan – I’m not I’m a lacto ovo vegetarian and have been for five years. However, for some people iron is a problem whether vegetarian or vegan but it does depend on the type of food you eat.
    I have to take iron pills twice daily and so does my friend Lauren who is lacto ovo. Any suggestions on how we can enhance our iron intake naturally?

  • 1858 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’ve been vegetarian now for about two years, vegan for one. I have got to say that the protein question is THE most annoying question ever. Runner up for most annoying ‘so what DO you eat?’ People need to break free of their shells and realize that there’s more out there than rotting flesh and infectious dairy to consume.

  • 1858 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I absolutely hate it when people tell me vegetarianism is simply a “fad” that I’ll grow out of. I’ve got two years under my belt, its not something I just decided to do for fun, “to see if I can do it”. It is a lifestyle change, not a fad.

  • 1858 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I also get the ‘What do you eat?’ A LOT. I always say ‘nothing’ only because I think it’s an ignorant question and most everyone who asks just wants to be a smartass. I’ve never understood the ‘Vegan food is bland/boring’ myth, but I do hear that one a lot too.

  • 1858 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    “Vegans can’t eat chocolate/cheese” – Oh yes we can! There are lots of yummy vegan chocolates and cheeses out there!

  • 1858 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Here’s a good myth… being vegan will make you anemic. My wife has never had issues with iron. In fact, several meat-eating friends and family are the ones with anemia issues. A well-balanced diet with leafy greens and other iron-rich foods is all you need.

  • Sam

    1858 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I was at walking by a KFC yesterday and saw a kid eating a box of chicken, i gave him the finger cause he was fat and went in and bought a ton of chicken. I then thought of all the chickens they killed making the food so i ate more. Love being vegan:D

  • 1858 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m an athlete and went veg for my health originally, and it definitely helped, so when people challenge me to a race because they think I’m weak and don’t have any meat on my bones(pardon the expression) I put my track star legs to work on them and beat em![:

  • 1858 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’ve been a vegetarian for about 8 months now, and my parents are only just now getting used to it. I frequently tell my mum that I want to start drinking soy milk instead of milk, but she never listens. Also, being the only vegan in my family would make me my own head chef, which I wouldn’t mind if I weren’t so busy. I hardly ever have time to cook for myself as it is. Most of my meals are microwavable, easy and quick..
    Anyway, do you have any advice for me??

    • 1488 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Yes – you need to learn to cook and shop for yourself and not expect your mum to handle your special requests as well as everything else she is probably doing for you and the rest of your family!

  • 1858 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Another myth: Vegans have holier-than-thou attitude towards omnis and vegetarians.

  • 1858 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I hate it when people say “What do you eat?” or “You’re going to become anemic!” Sooooo annoying!

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