MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT VEGAN FOOD
What do you eat in a vegetarian diet? Hey let’s go out for dinner, but what will you have in a vegan diet? Do you get enough proteins from your food? Ohhh these questions have always pricked every vegetarian in their life. But what exactly does Vegan mean and most importantly why should you care anyway? Before finding the answer to these questions there are some myths about the vegan diet which exists, here are those myths and facts,
MYTH: Veganism is a fad
FACT: It is a lifestyle choice
Veganism is a not a fad, it is a lifestyle choice and just like any other diet, it requires commitment. Going vegan basically means to get rid of all animal products (red meat, chicken, seafood) as well as animal derived products from your diet (Milk, butter, paneer, desi ghee) and replacing them with pasta, tofu, nuts, seeds and legumes.
MYTH: A vegan diet makes you weak and malnourished
FACT: An imbalanced diet, vegan or otherwise makes you weak
Veganism may be all about living more gently on this planet, however, this ethical school of thought is juxtaposed with the medicinal angle. The vegan diet lacks few vitamins hence adding them equally by having a balanced diet is important.
MYTH: Vegans don’t get enough protein or calcium
FACT: Some of the world’s top bodybuilders, sports players and athletes are vegan
Can you build muscle and do heavy weight lifting in the gym/ play competitive sports?
Won’t your body break down without the essential amino acids, calcium and protein only to lose out to the meat-eaters?
Who says you can’t build muscle while on a Vegan diet? Just look at Serena Williams and Shahid Kapoor for proof! Leafy green vegetables have a higher absorbability than conventional milk and options such as soy milk, almond milk, and coconut milk exist for those who can’t do without it. There are plenty of protein sources in the vegan food chart such as lentils, whole food, soya, nuts and seeds, and grains. These are substantial, complete and filling too.
MYTH: Vegan food means boring diet food
FACT: They might just be having more fun than you think
Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to starve! Salads sprinkled with nuts, seeds, and delectable toppings, coffee and smoothies made with alternate milk options and even French fries made with sweet potatoes are great starting points! With a little bit of insight and innovation, your vegan experiments can soon become your mainstream diet.
MYTH: Vegan food is only for the rich and not easily available
FACT: Everyday vegetarian food sans dairy qualifies as vegan
Locally sourced and freshly produced vegan food is more affordable and readily available than you think. Staples such as dals, rice, potatoes, grains, etc. available in your local Kirana store are cheaper than meat and dairy. Just do the math and you’ll see for yourself! A meat-centered diet costs more than the legumes section in the supermarket and just like everything else food prepared at home is cheaper than dining out at a posh restaurant.
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