Hadrien Bennett
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Myths VS. Facts, Vegetarian Edition

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Today’s post is something I have never done before, myths VS. facts. I’m sure if you are vegetarian or vegan, you can relate to this. It’s been a year since I became vegetarian and I think I have heard every myth listed in here. If, like me, you heard one of those myths, share this post with the person (or maybe your family).

 

Myth: Vegetarians cannot get enough protein from plants. No, but really, how do you get enough protein?

Fact: It’s actually pretty easy for vegetarians to meet their needs for protein, even if they choose not to eat eggs and dairy products. Thanks to plant-based proteins like tofu, beans, lentils and what’s found in whole-grain bread and cereals, getting enough protein can be deliciously simple. So thank you for your concern but I have enough protein!

Myth: Vegetarian eating is expensive.

Fact: Okay, produce comes with a price tag, but meat is one of the priciest items you can buy. If you buy local and seasonal vegetables, I am sure you can get away with not too much and it will be still less than processed food. You can really make plenty of things with vegetables.

Myth: Vegetarian have less energy.

Fact: Most people, when becoming vegetarian gain a lot more energy by cutting processed food from their diet. But in case the energy drops, it means you probably aren’t getting enough vitamin B12 or iron. These nutriments are both found in meat, but they are also found dairy, eggs and plenty more. Nowadays a lot of product branded for vegetarians or vegan are fortified with B12. So no, we may have a lot more energy!

Myth: All vegetarian eat the same food.

Fact: Many of us who follow a vegetarian diet still choose to incorporate dairy and eggs (like me) into their meal routine. There’s really no right or wrong when it comes to these choices, and whichever foods they do choose to eat will expose them to important vitamins and minerals. For example, calcium can be found in dairy products like yoghurt, milk and cheese, but it’s also in tofu, leafy greens and calcium-fortified orange juice. There are so many tasty vegetarian recipes to make. We don’t eat the same food, we may have the same tastes but trust me two vegetarians will have plenty of different recipes in their bag!

Myth: Just Because Something Is Vegetarian Means It Is Healthy

Fact: The “vegetarian” or “vegan” label doesn’t automatically equal good health. While some cookies, chips and sweetened cereal might be vegetarian foods, they also are likely high in added sugars and oils. Meatless eaters might find it easy to load up on processed foods such as veggie burgers, but lesser processed options should make up the bulk of a vegetarian diet. And cheese, while a good source of calcium, also contains saturated fat and sodium. So what is the best way to ensure a food is a good choice? Read the label. Look for low levels of saturated fat, added sugars and sodium. These key nutrition label components are much better indicators of a food’s health than whether or not it is vegetarian. Being a healthy vegetarian eater means loading up on veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins.

What about you? Have you heard any other myths and had to say something?

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