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Bustin' Vegan Myths!

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Posted December 29, 2010 by Rachelle Owen

Are you ready to make 2011 your best year yet?! Going vegan means you’re taking a stand against cruelty to animals, world hunger, and climate change—and improving your own health. What could be better? Now that you’ve made the commitment, we want you to be confident, so let’s look at some of the most common “arguments” (aka: myths) that people throw at us, shall we? Hint: These are also good if you’ve been holding back on going vegan because you’ve heard these one too many times …


Answer: Vegans get protein from broccoli, whole wheat bread, beans, tofu, brown rice, almonds, oatmeal, soymilk, chickpeas, potatoes, and many other veggies. These proteins are more far more efficient than proteins that come from animal flesh, and work more naturally in our systems. Eating too much high fat protein (aka animal protein) leads to cancer, kidney failure, heart disease, and other ailments. No thanks!


Answer: Those canine teeth in your mouth are made for grinding and chewing—not ripping and tearing like a true carnivore (that just makes it even more hilarious when people bring that “fact” up). That is only one of 17 differences between humans and carnivores. When you see dead animals on the side of the road, are you tempted to stop and snack on them? If you answered “no,” you’re an herbivore. Exceptions, of course, if your mouth looks like this.


Answer: Clearly, people who say this have never seen this guy (Jake Sheilds, MMA fighter). Or this guy (Ricky Williams of the Miami Dolphins). Eating meat makes you a coward—not a “tough guy.” What are some myths you’ve heard? Comment below with them and we’ll discuss some of them next week!

Stay loud!
-Rachel


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  • 1503 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    9grams of protein in a can of baked beans darlings. 9 GRAMS! (thats a LOT)
    this is the good protein too, that wont cause osteoporosis or kidney failure, unlike animal protein!

    hold on, im just gunna take a cow down from that field with my huge canines and claws…. yeah…… wish me luck!

    no eating meat doesnt make you tough, it makes you a bully.
    also there are MANY vegan atheltes, notably two WWE wreastlers :)

  • 1505 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i have a terrible example of veg-hatin’ ignorance: one day when i went to the doctor and said that i was a vegetarian she got real serious and said “but you eat fish, right?” (i don’t but she didn’t need to know that! :P) anyway, she went on and on saying it’s been proven that vegans have shorter life spans and she mentioned the canine thing. when she asked how i got my calcium and protein i had immediate answers for her but that didn’t seem to matter…it wouldn’t have been so annoying had it come from someone else (although it does get quite annoying when you’re getting it from all sides for most of the time) but this was a doctor, someone who’s supposed to know what’s best for you or, at least, have some basic knowledge and about “alternative health”…

  • 1529 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am not agree with your answer to “Humans are made to eat meat”.
    Certainly we are not carnivore, but we are either herbivore! Humans are omnivorous. We do not have canines like tigers, but either incisives likes cows 😉
    Nevertheless I am vegetarian !!

  • 1557 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i love the ‘vegans are weak’ thing. clearly people don’t know that roman gladiators, some of the strongest men to ever live, were all strict vegans.

  • 1578 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ahhh I absolutely love this!!! before this I could’nt come up with an answer that seem “scientific” to shut people up :) thank you sooooooo much 😀 everyone is like you are only 13 “You are not qualified to make these life choices”
    pshh

  • 1617 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    “But meat tastes so good. How is it possible for you not to eat it?”
    People say this one to me ll the time when they hear I’ve been a vegetarian my whole life.
    “if you’ve never tried it, how do you know you don’t like it?”

  • 1657 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i was told Veg restaurnts use chicken stock in their food

  • 1690 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I love it when omnivores say that..
    -veganism (and PETA) is just propaganda and that animals don’t actually suffer
    -Animals aren’t sentient beings who can feel pain
    -Animals are stupid and have no emotions/feelings
    -It’s impossible to get proper nutrition on a vegan diet
    -Humans are part of the food chain, so we should be allowed to kill animals for food…yet we’re allowed to abuse/treat them however we like because we’re humans, not animals (humans = part of the animal kingdom, but they always forget that… silly meat-eaters)

    Btw PETA… thank you for saving my sanity =) My parents are downstairs eating steak and dairy ice cream and it’s breaking my heart =(

  • 1696 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh it is so annoying when people ask stupid questions lol i always hear:
    It is cruel to kill plants!
    or
    Even if i stopped eating meat they would still kill animals
    or
    people have been eating meat since the beginning of time

    i thinkk that people should just accept the facts and make the switch :)

  • 1700 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Right. I didn’t mean that we weren’t created as omnivores… 😛 I was just saying that our canines don’t necessarily mean we have to eat meat. And in nature, we wouldn’t eat much meat, just as most omnivores don’t. For the most part they live off of plants and then either in starvation situations, snow fall, etc… they eat animals. Keep in mind, I said MOST omnivores, so no one can be like, “Nuh uh! This animal is an omnivore and eat lots of meat.” lol. But sorry about my eloquency, or rather lack there of, in my last comment. I didn’t mean to make it sound like we weren’t scientifically proven to be omnivores. Though our systems do handle plant sources better… You ever have a horrible stomach ache on plants the way you get from meat or dairy? I never do… Thank goodness! 😛

  • 1700 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Ok so don’t get me wrong I’m vegetarian and have been for just over a year but it is scientifically proven that humans can eat both meat and plants. A carnivore like a lion cannot digest plants. A herbivore like a deer cannot properly digest meat. However, since we are capable of digesting both we are omnivores. However if humans only eat plants we can survive quite easily and if we only eat meat we become quite unhealthy, and back when humans first evolved we ate very little meat because we had to catch it ourselves, as opposed to now where people often eat meat at every meal. We also have to cook meat, although I suppose our soft stomach come with modern inventions rather than nature so much.

  • 1702 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    MANY herbivores in nature actually have canine teeth. Watch some Animal Planet. And what other omnivores or carnivores have to cook their meat first or else die from disease? Our bodies are not made to fight off the bacteria present in meat, which is why we have to cook it. It’s not natural for us. If we were created to be smart enough and kind enough to know better, then we should DO better. It’s sad and really quite unintelligent and lazy. It’s out of lack of self-control, not wanting to give up meat. I hear way too much(in Nebraska), “I need my steak and potatoes!” It drives me and my fiance’ nuts because we can eat potatoes!! Why do they always have to say “and potatoes?” Sorry… rambling…but there’s so much ignorance in it!

  • 1702 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ‘Those canine teeth in your mouth are made for grinding and chewing—not ripping and tearing like a true carnivore’
    Uh, actually, they are made for ripping and tearing. Molars and pre-molars are made for grinding and chewing.
    We were designed to eat meat if necessary but not as a first resort.

  • 1704 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have been a Peskatarian for 6 years not since I was 12 and feel better then ever! My News Year Resolution for 2011 is to cut out all meat land and sea. No seafood at all which will be hard because I was born and raised in Maryland. Any vegan and vegitarian food is healthy delicious and good for you. My mom believes that being vegan or vegitarian is extremely unhealthy, well I have proven her wrong!

  • 1706 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    me: i’m vegetarian
    my friends: cool
    me: but i don’t like letuce
    my friends: so what do you eat!?
    so: “vegetarians only eat vegetables”
    “plants feel too”
    and “they are already dead” are things that i have to live with everyday
    ps.: @sofia: i’ve been vegetarian since the day i was born and my teeth are pretty healthy

  • 1707 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Since I became vegan my parents (big family of meat-lovers, unfortunately) have been trying to change my mind.
    They told me, among other things that ”if you don’t eat meat you will lose your teeth” … If it was true I’d be vegan anyways, but, is it?

    • 1366 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      NO! That’s insane. You have to have a quite bad diet and be lacking a lot of essential vitamins and minerals for that to happen. Adult tooth loss is a result of injury or disease, such as tooth injury, tooth decay or gum disease. So just eat a healthy and varied veggie diet and I’m sure you’ll be fine!

      It’s crazy what sort of insane stuff people make up to make you more like them and to scare you from trying something new and differnt, huh?

  • 1707 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Born again vegan for the sake of the hungry children.

  • 1707 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am African American and some of my family members go “Who ever heard of a black vegan?” I just want to slap them right in the face for that remark. What does color have to do with choosing intelligence over ignorance?

  • 1707 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Arguments I’ve Heard:
    “You need milk to get enough calcium.”
    “By being vegan, you’re still hurting plants- they have feelings, too.”
    “Eating meat isn’t unhealthy unless you have too much.”
    “Vegetarians/vegans are short.”
    “You need to eat fish to get your Omega 3s.”

  • 1707 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh my gosh. Someone once told me that if I was pregnant and vegan, the baby would die. Well, I have a two year old and I’m 3 months from giving birth to my second child. If anything veganism helped give me the strength and discipline to help me through a healthy labor!

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    @ Erin Shelby-Raelyn

    My brother showed me that and I hit him. He tryed to hit me back but I ran and he couldn’t catch me.

    Just goes to show how in the end the vegan always wins; and the people wearing red always die.

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    “the animals are dead already so if you dont eat them then its a waste.” or “they cant feel the pain, their already dead.” people are so mean and stupid

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My new years resolution will be to gradually eat less meat and eventually stop n.n’

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I always hear: you can’t eat out anywhere or have fast food/ the food is too expensive.

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    “God put animals on earth to eat.”

    • 1453 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      i hear that all the freaking time!!! it annoys me to no end because we are so different from carnivores its not even funny

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    People always say..
    It costs too much to be vegetarian/vegan.
    You need red meat in your diet.
    Your baby is more likely to come out with a disability.
    You live off vegetables.
    You’re prone to more illnesses, bugs etc.
    Complete rubbish!

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    “Abjuring meat from the diet is wasteful. The animals are already dead anyway!”

    Also, a cruel ex-boyfriend posted this to Facebook a few months back:
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wCzCY93mKq0/TNo5PgU97CI/AAAAAAAACBs/LbNzMLY6pBg/s1600/no-such-thing-as-a-vegan.jpg
    (Not too certain the link will work. All in all it’s a diagram that supposedly “proves” that there is no such thing as a vegan.)

    • 1533 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Is that diagram true? Because if it is…then your ex-bf (no matter how cruel..) is right. That’s horrible to think about.

    • 1505 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      i feel like even if it is true, at least we’re not contributing quite as much as someone else might. there’s still some impact.

    • 1366 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Well, the «original definition» of a vegan is a person who eliminates all food from animal sources from their diet. However, in more recent times (1960-ish, right me if I’m wrong!) vegan has also become a term for a cruelty-free lifestyle that excludes all products where animals have been (ab)used in the process. I suppose it has become more of a spiritual lifestyle than the original philosophy.
      This diagram that your (apparently quite narrow-minded) ex posted shows all the things that a cow/parts of a cow/enzymes/whatever can POSSIBLY be used in. However, as a vegan and speaking for only myself now, but by eliminating all foods that have an animal origin, all food additives that have or might have an animal origin (also in vitamins), choosing 100% vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics and general household stuff (including everything from make up and make up brushes, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, lip balm, detergent, soap… everything), and of course cruelty-free clothing – you’re a vegan! I’ve heard people say you can’t be a vegan because you’re computer apparently contains oils from fossils that used to be animals a gazillion years ago… Spare me. Some people just want to spread hate, make you insecure about your views and beliefs and make up stupid excuses to why they can’t be bothered to do anything at all because “there is no such thing as vegan”. To me, being vegan is all about doing and being the best you can. And as long as you’re doing your best to be compassionate and cruelty-free – f*ck those haters (because honestly – what did they ever do to make this world a better place?)

      PS: Hope you guys didn’t just look at this comment and go “…TL DR”. I probably would, haha.

      Love from Norway

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hi!!!! This was so helpful, and also funny!! (the thing about the mouth and teeth hehehehe), I have tried this year, but I have failed, I want to know how to get the calcium you get from milk and those things, cause I need calcium a lot! thanks!

    • 1535 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      if you need calcium you can get it out of veggies orange juice and calcium supplements :b duh

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    hey there, good point on 1 and 3, but you got 2 wrong.”When you see dead animals on the side of the road, are you tempted to stop and snack on them? If you answered “no,” you’re an herbivore.” am i the only one who sees the flaw in this? lets say some bear is wandering in the woods. it sees a dead deer in the middle of a clearing, and a live deer asleep next to it. which do you think its going to eat? in case you seriously cant see how this relates to humans, why would anyone want to eat a dead animal on the side of the road when they know they are coming home to a refridgerator full of food? end note: humans are OMNIVORES. can they eat veggies? yes. can they eat meat? yes. should they restrict their diet to one eor the other? of course not! where would the bear be if it decided not to eat fish? dead.

    • 1580 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      humans aren’t designed to hunt, we dont have sharp teeth and claws. we dont have the speed or agility. we don’t have the sense of smell, hearing or vision to compete with other hunters, we can’t defend ourselves in the hunt. we are dexterous, we pick and pluck and peel, we dont chase bite or clasp. you’re likely to casually dismiss this and its your prerogative. but its weird that intelligent people cant see this.

    • 1505 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Humans are a very lucky animal in the food chain because we are dexterous and our digestive systems can handle most anything. But just because we can meat doesn’t mean we should. Our hunter gatherer ancestors ate meat far different from what is available today and they didn’t eat it as often. In my opinion, the issue of choosing to eat or eschew meat is a matter of social and eco-consciousness as well as personal. When one takes the time to THINK, one may realize that choosing not to meat or even simply cutting down on it is helpful to ourselves and the world. So, like I said before, just because we can doesn’t mean we should.

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    “You need meat to live”
    I completely disagree with this
    I’ve been vegetarian for 5 years & I’m much healthier than most people :]

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    1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It’s hard to be pregnant and be vegan?
    It’s too expensive to be vegan?

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m a vegan and every time I have people over for dinner they just can’t believe that you can have a meal without using animal products. They always devour everything I’ve made and leave pleasantly full and educated. When asked what I eat I reply “everything delicious and nutricious”!

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Because I’m only thirteen and haven’t eaten meat for many years now then these are myths that I hear very often:

    “A growing body needs meat and dairy products to have strong bones and grow well.”

    “It’s a human instinct to eat meat.”(I really do not feel that that would be one of my instincts)

    “If humans wouldn’t kill and eat animals then there would be too many animals and animals would start eating us.”

    Similar to the previous one.
    “Humans eating meat is a natural part of the food chain.”

    “Eating meat makes your brain work better and just makes you feel better in every way.”

    “Whats the difference if you eat meat or some plants? Don’t you ever think that maybe plants have feelings too and maybe they feel pain?”

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    people all the time say that “its too expensive and hard to transition.”
    i didnt find it expensive or hard to make the change(=

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Or when they say if you don’t eat them someone else will. So why even try?

  • 1708 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    One vegan myth I always hear is “you can’t eat anything other than lentils and beans!”

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