It is World Vegan Day on November 1st and at Myprotein we’ve decided to explore some of the common myths associated with the increasingly popular vegan lifestyle.
The number of vegan products on the market are increasing and there’s now a variety of vegan options served in restaurants and taking up the shelves in grocery stores. Despite this, many people still associate a plant based diet with poor nutrition and believe that vegans are missing out on important nutrients, such as iron and protein, which are commonly sourced from meat.
We’ve decided to de-bunk some of these myths. Our team of experts have researched how a vegan, entirely plant based diet, can actually provide all the vital nutrients required for a healthy lifestyle. Take a look at our infographic and find out for yourself!
- All vegans are calcium deficient because they don’t drink milk.
Wrong! There are plenty of foods that contain calcium besides dairy, such as green leafy vegetables. For example, kale has 135mg of calcium per 100g – which is 15mg more than milk!
- Vegans are less healthy.
There are plenty of health benefits of a vegan diet! Actually, remaining on a plant-based diet means you are less likely to contract heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.
In fact, a lot of our vegan-friendly products are packed with vitamins and nutrients, such as our Instant Oats which contains fiber, protein, calcium and iron!
- Going vegan means you will lose weight.
Not everyone who goes vegan will experience weight loss – especially if you continue to eat and drink highly process junk foods or use oil when cooking.
- Being vegan means you will be hungry all the time.
If you drink enough water and eat at regular intervals throughout the day, there is no reason why you should feel hungrier on a vegan diet than one that includes animal products.
- Being vegan is hard.
It has never been easier to be vegan than now! Almost all supermarkets, restaurants and cafes have vegan friendly options, and there are plenty of vegan blogs for vegan food inspiration!
- Vegans are weak.
Being vegan doesn’t mean you don’t have the same strength as a meat eater – it all comes down to the amount of training and macronutrient consumption.
Some famous vegan athletes include: David Carter (300lb NFL star, Peter Siddle (Australian cricketer) and two of the most famous tennis players ever – Venus and Serena Williams.
- Vegans don’t get enough protein.
False! There are some great vegan protein sources that don’t involve animal products! Some greens actually contain more protein per gram than meat, such as Spirulina. Vegans can also include protein in their diet via vegan-friendly protein powder, such as Soy Protein Isolate or Pea Protein Isolate.
However, most people, whether vegan or not, consumer 70% more daily protein than they need so there’s nothing to worry about.
- Being vegan is extremely expensive!
Maintaining a vegan diet doesn’t need to break the bank! Most vegan staples, such as pasta, beans and lentils are far cheaper than meat and dairy products – especially as you can buy them in bulk and they won’t go bad!
- Veganism is just for hippies.
Nope! Vegans come from different backgrounds and styles, from reggae music lovers to parents to bodybuilders – anyone can be vegan.
- Plants feel pain.
Oh dear… Plant don’t have nerve endings or brains meaning they can’t feel any pain – so eat as many greens as you want!
If you want to know more about what vegan products Myprotein has to offer, check out these articles on the Active Women Vegan Blend and Vegan Guide to Bodybuilding, or you can view our extensive vegan range of protein powders, supplements and foods.