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Jaclyn McCosker

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9 Lies About Vegan Diets

9 Lies About Vegan Diets

Think about who you get your information from, where they gained their knowledge and what their motives are for telling you. The below 9 myths are so ridiculous but so pervasive in our everyday society. The meat industry wants you to buy their meat while the vegan community gains nothing by encouraging you to save others’ lives. THINK.

  1. Vegan diets are low in protein
    Why has this rumour gone so mainstream? Who started this, and why would they think vegan diets are low in protein? Vegetables, beans, grains, nuts and seeds contain protein. If you’re not eating enough plants per day to get your protein RDI, you’re going to die of some kind of vitamin deficiency or potentially heart failure anyway, so I wouldn’t be worrying about your protein.
  2. Vegan diets are low in iron
    NOPE. Some studies show vegetarians have better levels of iron. Some show they are just the same as meat eaters and subject to the same inhibitors such as menstruation, menopause and weight loss. The old theory that you can’t absorb enough iron from plant foods is slowly but surely being smashed to pieces as more Doctors jump on the “food as thy medicine” bandwagon. More and more veganism is proving a fantastic treatment for chronic anaemia. Why? Because inability to absorb iron is a very common problem for those on meat and dairy, but when you clean out your guts and fix your health by going vegan your body can operate at maximum efficiency and VOILA, iron absorption. This link is helpful: Iron Deficiency Anaemia
  3. Vegan diets are low in calcium
    WHAT? If calcium is your concern, you’ll go vegan today. Cows milk is so unbelievably terrible for you as a leading cause of diabetes and osteoporosis. Diets that are high in protein and sodium cause calcium loss through urine which depletes your bone stores. But you know what calcium source is great for everyone and keeps your calcium in your bones where it belongs? Vegetables. Particularly green vegetables and beans. Kale is King.
  4. B12 is only found in animal sources
    B12 is created by bacteria that live in soil and water. In past centuries, animals and humans have gotten their B12 requirements from drinking ground water and eating plants from the earth. Today, we’ve largely destroyed most of the world’s environment. We treat our water and we spray our vegetables with toxic chemicals to keep away insects, and so both vegans and meat eaters alike need to get their B12 supplemented. Because guess what? Livestock are given B12 supplements. What do you think is more practical and efficient – supplementing with B12 from bacteria or slaughtering billions of animals just to get the B12 from the supplements we’ve given them?
  5. Vegans eat salad every day
    I have eaten 4 salads in the past 3 years. FOUR SALADS. This stereotype isn’t a thing, this never will be a thing. My favourite foods are pizzas, pies, hotdogs and burritos. Favourites include VegieDelights hotdogs from Coles and Fry’s chicken burgers from supermarket frozen sections. Don’t confuse veganism with orthorexia, they’re not even in the same ballpark. Evidence: What Fat Vegans Eat.
  6. Vegans avoid fat/grains/sugar
    Things vegans avoid: Cruelty. – End of list. –
  7. Vegans can’t gain muscle
    Try telling that to Serena Williams.
  8. Vegans die younger
    Time to depart the crazy train. Given that vegans are usually 15kg lighter and are far less likely to develop cancer, diabetes or heart disease, the average life expectancy is increased 5-10 years by going vegan. Many studies have been conducted to compare various religious and cultural groups with low meat intakes, and it seems a norm around the world (controlling for poverty factors). I even read one study that suggested that since vegetarians are constantly told to monitor their iron levels while meat eaters largely ignore it, this ensures vegetarians and vegans thrive in old age. The most moderate study suggests vegetarians only live 3.6 years longer. Do your own research (and that means digging past the top 3 links on Google). Some people are skeptical but when you drastically reduce your risk of dying from preventable diseases, it seems like common sense that you’ll live longer.
  9. All vegans need to take supplements
    Not if they eat well. B12 occurs in lots of fermented foods and companies fortify some products to attract consumers too. And as for other vitamins and minerals, unless you have an underlying health condition or chronic deficiency, they’re not really a thing. Of course, people of all dietary preferences forget to eat balanced diets from time to time and may face short-term deficiencies, easily fixed by adding some more veggies in. I’m sure some vegans have eaten badly and needed to catch up. Yet that is totally irrelevant to veganism. In my home I keep a B multivitamin I take sporadically because my levels are all perfect and my B12 is in the high range but since B12 deficiency occurs slowly over years, why not spend $6 just-in-case?
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