Hey loves, so you know when I told you I was now following a plant based diet? And you rolled your eyes? (yes you did)…yeah well, turns out a lot of people do that too.
Don’t get me wrong, no judgement here – I mean, I used to be the one doing the eye-rolling after all but from my little vegan perch I wanted to pull together the most common questions or challenges that I get back from people when telling them I’m on a plant based diet.
Maybe you’ll be surprised at some of the answers and maybe you can fire this post back at people if you are also following a plant based diet and cba with the jokes about missing steak suppers…
So let’s do it, shall we?
11 plant based diet myths debunked
#1 You have to eat meat to get enough protein
Um well, where did the cow you want to eat get it’s protein from in the first place…oh yeah, that’ll be the grass…
Ok being serious for a second, vegans can get all of the protein they need without eating a big fat steak. We just do what the animals do and go straight to the source.. and you guessed it, it’s plant based.
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#2 Soya has high levels of oestrogen – isn’t that so bad for you?!
No. Hold on whilst I get a bit technical… Soya has a lot of phytoestrogens in it which resembles the chemical composition of oestrogen so people freaked out and thought lots of men would grow boobs etc because, y’know, because of all the “women’s hormones”…
And then they did research, lots of it, which showed that there was no clinical indication that phytoestrogens had any effect whatsoever. And actually, soya is associated with lowering the risk of prostate cancer up to 30%. Similarly with women, soya and tofu have been shown to lower the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
So I’m telling you they’re a health food. And the research is also telling you that too.
#3 We have canine teeth so we are meant to be carnivores
Kill me now *hides head in hands*
This is the most common knee-jerk reaction from people when confronted with the truth about the meat and dairy industry. And I get it – it’s a hard thing to have to think of.
No your canine teeth do not mean you need to eat sausages.
Plenty of herbivores also have (much bigger) canine teeth, like say, a hippo which is huge and aggressive but a herbivore nonetheless and guess what…that means they live without sausages too.
Funny old world isn’t it.
#4 We need milk for our bones…
No… we need calcium and vitamin D but the dairy industry, worth a staggering £4.6billion, would love you to believe it’s marketing campaigns.
How about a list of just some of the ways you can get calcium off the top of my head?
- Seeds – poppy, sesame and my personal fave, chia.
- Beans and lentils – packed with the stuff
- Almonds – of all the nuts, almonds have the highest calcium
- Dark green veg – think kale, spinach and collard greens
- Rhubarb – dairy free rhubarb crumble & custard is a-maziiing
- Fortified non-dairy milk
- Fortified foods such as soya yoghurts, cereals, breads, flour etc
- Edamme and tofu
- Figs – weird but truuuu’
That was just off the top of my head so imagine how many more ways of getting calcium we have.
And the best form of Vitamin D? The sun. Granted, it’s a challenge in the UK but still…
#5 What’s about honey? It’s not harming the bees!
Newsflash – bees don’t make honey for us to have on toast. They make it for other bees, for themselves, because they need it.
I know. I was shocked at their selfish bee-like ways too.
#6 Well, we are top of the food chain – its’ just the natural order of things to eat meat
Almost always from a man (sorry not sorry).
Well mate, if you are top of the food chain let’s see you take on a lion with your bare hands and see who eats who.
I’ll be watching from the sidelines with my popcorn.
#7 I only eat free range or organic meat so I’m doing these animals a favour…
Um. Well.. maybe… until you locked them in a cage, took their babies away and oh, yeah…ate them.
#8 Being vegan is too hard.
Ok this one I understand. It has been tricky at times working around my meat-eating family but there are so many vegan products on the market now and almost everywhere I’ve eaten out can cater to a vegan diet. Don’t be afraid to ask in advance or see if a menu can be altered a bit.
I do sometimes have to have a good think about it but I don’t ever feel like it’s that hard and I live in Northern England where good coffee is often seen a “exotic”…
#9 You will be hungry all of the time if you are vegan.
I’m hungry all the time when I’m not vegan too.
Seriously though, this is just not true. I haven’t noticed any difference at all.
#10 Being vegan is way too expensive.
It’s as expensive as you want to make it. Want to do a full family shop in Waitrose? Be my guest but expect the accompanying price tag.
Want to stock up on store cupboard basics and groceries? Then it’s not any more expensive, in fact I find it cheaper. After all, beans and lentils are some of the cheapest foods to buy and can form the basis for many totally lush meals that don’t sound like they’d ever have started with a bean.
#11 Plants also feel pain.
I feel like this one was a joke. But just in case….no, they don’t. They don’t have a nervous system or a brain. A bit like the person who said this to me…
Sometimes, there’s just no convincing other people about a plant based diet if they don’t want to know and that’s absolutely fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and own choice but I just think it’s good to be armed with a few witty but factual…erm, facts in the wake of the eye-rolling or barrage of questions.