Plant-Based Myths Masquerading as Truth
When I first started researching plant-based diets, I grew very concerned about all the negativity coming from plant-based dieting. Many tried to convince me that I would not be getting all the nutritional value I would need just from plants alone. Others tried to say I could not work out because I wouldn’t get enough protein to do so. Come to find out, these plant-based myths are hindering many people from knowing the truth.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there and it is important to know that just because it’s on the internet, does not make it true.
I read a lot of information against plant-based diets and realized a lot of the information was coming from very biased sources. Usually those that love meat, have been miss-fed information themselves, or have some sort of monetary gain from providing you misinformation.
I’m here to debunk those plant-based myths!
I believe this plant-based myth comes from those that are still buying processed foods. “Vegan” does not necessarily equate to “plant-based”. Even vegan foods can contain a lot of sugar and processed foods. I’ve seen that buying processed foods such as tofu, tempeh, and vegan mayonnaise increases my grocery bill. These items certainly aren’t needed and just a different form of processed protein.
When we were continually having meat has the main dish in the house, a 2-week grocery bill was about $300-350 for a family of 4. Since I’ve cut out the meat, my bill as now reduced to about $150-200 for 2 weeks.
The only concern here is that now we have to go shopping weekly because we’re not freezing a bunch of food like before. That’s only $75-100 every week for grocery’s!
One of the most common plant-based myths is “you can’t get enough protein on a plant-based diet”. This is absolutely just wrong. There are plenty of ways to get enough protein as long as you are eating for your caloric needs. Foods such as Quinoa, brown rice, lentils, beans, nuts, broccoli, mushrooms, and so many more.
I even add in a vegan protein shake on days I work out. I don’t need to since I can get all the protein I require from eating a well balanced meal, but I do because I like to mix it up. That’s what I love about a plant-based diet, there are so many options and tastes for getting your nutrition!
High in Carbs
Well yes, they are. Carbohydrates have been made out to be the bad guy by all the modern fad diets in our society. What they all lack to tell you is there are 2 forms of carbs, simple and complex.
Simple-these are your simple sugars such as high fructose corn syrup, glucose, and galactose (simple sugar found in milk). Simple carbohydrates break down so quickly in your system, they have nowhere to go but to be stored as fat.
Complex- these are your fruits and vegetables. They take longer to break down in your system and is used as energy rather than storing as fat.
Yes they are high in carbs, but they are not bad for you.
Simple bad, complex good.
Hungry All the Time
This is a common plant-based myth I am happy to debunk. Plant foods are full of fiber giving you the feeling of being full. Make sure on a plant-based diet you’re getting a variety of foods and colors to get a wide range of nutrients. Legumes (beans, lentils, and peas) are made up of hunger-satisfying protein and contain high levels of fiber. This is perfect for kicking those hunger cravings.
I found when I first switched to a plant-based diet, the cravings I was having was sugar cravings although they felt a lot like hungry cravings. Since a lot of the food in a Western Diet has a ton of added sugar, my body was actually just having withdrawals from all he additives from the food I use to eat. Once I gave myself adequate time to detox, those “cravings” went away.
Need Milk for Strong Bone Growth
Who says? The dairy and milk companies?
There is no scientific proof that milk makes your bones stronger. Actually, there is more proof that milk and dairy products cause many different health problems to the body.
Try substituting a nut milk (almond or cashew) or coconut milk in cooking, baking, and drinking. Almond milk even contains more calcium than cow’s milk!
Plant-based is Extreme
“Some people think plant-based diet, whole foods diet is extreme. Half a million people a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme.”
Don’t let these plant-based myths stop you from making the changes you need in your life. It’s amazing what a plant-based diet can do for your mood and your well-being when you apply it to your life.
Let me know if you have any questions and be sure to comment below and let me know how this post has help you.
Good eats my Peeps!