The vegan diet has been controversial for years. Opponents claim it has no beneficial effect on the body, citing problems with balancing it properly. We debunk the myths about veganism.
Veganism excludes all animal products, including eggs and dairy, and is a more restrictive form of nutrition than vegetarianism. Nevertheless, it is gaining more and more fans every year. Among the opponents of the vegan diet we meet with the statement that this form of nutrition does not provide all the macro- and micronutrients needed by the body, which is associated with health problems and permanent deficiencies in protein or other important vitamins. But do people on a plant-based diet really suffer from not including animal products in their meals? Does it really affect the overall well-being and condition of the body in such a negative way? To dispel all doubts and show how it really is, we debunk 5 major myths about veganism.
1. Only animal products provide the body with the right amount of protein
This is one of the most commonly repeated myths. In fact, plants are a great source of protein – soy, peas or buckwheat. This makes it easy to assimilate the appropriate daily dose of this macronutrient, which will allow you to properly balance your diet. However, it is worth remembering not to exaggerate with its amount and not to exceed a certain standard, because taking in protein in too large quantities may have negative consequences that will affect your health.
2. Plant products contain too little iron
Iron is absorbed by the body in two forms – through meat and offal or through plant products, which are rich in this element. Although there is a grain of truth in the above myth, because iron from animal products is absorbed much better, thanks to properly composed meals containing vegetables and fruits with a lot of vitamin C, we will not have a problem with the absorption of iron.
3. Veganism leads to vitamin B12 deficiency
There is a lot of truth in this statement, because it is mainly meat products, fish, eggs and cheese that provide the body with an adequate dose of this vitamin. In the case of vegans, the matter is much more difficult, but not impossible. In case of a plant-based diet, it is worth investing in a good supplementation of vitamin B12, which will allow you to take care of your body from the inside, reducing the risk of any deficiencies. You don’t have to give up your lifestyle!
4. A plant-based diet is not recommended for people who practice sports
This is a myth that has been debunked for some time, both by research and by athletes who achieve amazing results despite veganism. This is because plant-based products provide an adequate amount of protein, which is an important macronutrient for both professional and amateur athletes. In addition, plant products are rich in magnesium, potassium and zinc, which has a beneficial effect on muscle regeneration.
5. Meatless meals are not tasty and do not satisfy hunger
More and more plant-based products can be found on store shelves, so the prepared meals can be varied, and the right seasoning will make them full of flavors and aromas. Cooking meatless dishes is as easy as preparing chicken and does not require more time at all. Vegetables, mainly leguminous ones give a feeling of satiety because they provide fiber. Each meal properly balanced, seasoned and well prepared will provide a feeling of satiety and have a positive impact on overall well-being and health, as well as good sports performance.
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