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Posted June 29, 2011 by peta2 staff

I’ve been vegan for 11 years, and I still hear people spout out the same silly things about veganism as I did back in the day. I’ve realized over the years that people are just too afraid/stubborn/lazy to change their ways (even though veganism is better for the animals, their health and the planet), so they say ridiculous things as excuses to stay stuck in their bubble. After all, ignorance is bliss.

So here we go… let’s take a look at:

Fiction: “Vegan food is expensive.”
Fact: Veggies, fruits, grains, legumes, and items like bread, cereal, soy milk, oatmeal, tofu, etc. = butt cheap!

Fiction: “Going vegan is so hard.”
Fact: You can still eat everything you used to eat before, just sans the flesh and bodily secretions. (? Amen to that!) Check out our insanely delish and easy vegan recipes here!

Fiction: “I can’t go vegan because I’m afraid I’ll get sick.”
Fact: You’ll actually be much healthier (duh)! Switching to a whole foods, plant-based diet can significantly decrease your chance of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and it will most likely help you shed unwanted pounds, get clearer skin and give you mad energy!

Fiction: “If I go vegan, I won’t get enough protein.”
Fact: If you eat enough calories, it’s virtually impossible to be protein deficient (seriously, have you ever met a protein deficient person in your life? I haven’t). Protein can be found in almost everything including: garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, navy beans, soybeans, split peas, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, oatmeal, quinoa, rye, wheat germ, wheat, wild rice, artichokes, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, green peas, green peppers, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, onions, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, turnip greens, yams, zucchini, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapple, strawberries, tangerines, almonds, cashews, filberts, hemp seeds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts… (? Oo, my fingers got tired!)

Fiction/irony/hypocrisy/fallacy: “I love animals, but I eat meat.”
Fact: Whaaaaaat!? You can’t truly love animals if you eat them. Plain and simple. I love my grandma, but I’m not gonna have her for dinner. Flesh is for zombies!

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  • 1309 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is so true!

  • 1332 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My friend right now is saying that she doesn’t care if the animals die, she just thinks they taste good and it doesn’t matter to her. And I’m like… What if someone came and made you slowly suffer just because they wanted to eat you? What if someone came and shot your dog right now? Would you not care and just eat him? No, animals deserve to be treated right.

  • 1360 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I love these things :)

  • 1372 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    XD This is so great and perfectly explains it. People can be so dumb.

  • 1393 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    hahaha!!!! thats GREAT. i love my grandma, but i’m not gonna have her for dinner. 😀

  • 1413 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I just LOL’d so hard at the last one 😛 Thanks for putting a smile on my face 😛

  • 1414 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thanks for debunkifying the protein myth!

  • 1436 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    umm so my friends were tryna tell me that yeast isnt vegan.. is that true? they say because “its living.” and i told them that all plants are living too, but that doesnt make them non-vegan :)

  • 1440 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i love thiis sooo much!!! ive been a vegetarian for well next month is a year and noww im looking into becoming a vegan… i think the hardest part of it isnt not eating meat but what your friends and family think about it. like im still made fun of at school and when i first started my dad forced me to eat a steak and i started to cry. thats when he realized i was serious about it

  • 1447 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    “i love animals but i eat meat.”
    XD lol hypocrites

  • 1469 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    AAAAHHH the protein thing! I hear it everyday !!

  • 1470 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    SO TRUE! Thank you for this, my parents have been extremely opposed to me going vegan and this is just what I need to convince them that it’s NOT just a fad, it’s a lifestyle!

  • 1470 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Love laughing at what people say and believe just so they can continue their ignorance

  • 1479 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I totaly agree

  • 1481 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    just turned veggitarian two days ago and at our school fayre for funds for trips n stuff there was a bbq and i managed to not eatany meat….i feel proud

  • 1489 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i’m not an vegan but i LOVELOVELOVE ANIMALS but after reading this… i’m pretty intrested in going vegan! i LOVE fruits, not so much vegatables but i LOVE FRUIT!!! but i’ll try… FOR THE COWS, CHIKENS, ECT!!! WHO’S WITH ME!!!!

  • 1490 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have heard people say those things so many times!!!!

  • 1491 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Mostly being vegan is just inconvenient in todays fast paced society. I think if fast food restaurants included vegan options then more people would choose to go vegan.

    • 1387 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      very true, i agree!:)

  • 1491 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Exactamondo!

  • 1491 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    haha i love this

  • 1491 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Most people get too much protein.

  • 1491 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yeah, the fifth one never made sense to me when people say that…..

    • ADK

      1471 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Yeah, I might love dogs, but I dont think I’ll eat one.

  • 1491 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    True dat!

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