We live in an age where information is at or fingertips …literally. The problem is that this information does not always equate to knowledge. This problem is even more apparent in relation to health and in particular, diet. For example, many of you might have decided to embrace the vegan lifestyle but with all of the information and misinformation going around one has to wonder if a vegan diet is good for you.
The fact is that there are many persons putting out information who are not qualified to do so or who have misinterpreted the results of studies done. Some information is slightly off and some are downright ridiculous.
I am not sure what the motivation is but many of these claims try to counter the good effects of a vegan or even a vegetarian diet. It would seem that persons are convicted about the benefits of a healthy diet but because they don’t want to change their way of eating they come up with all sorts of articles and comments against a vegan diet.
Check out some of these claims.
These are actually topics of articles that are written.
Eat fat, get thin – Like really!! Fat has more than twice as many calories as proteins or carbohydrates. You will not get thin eating fats.
The benefits of red meat. Why red meat is good for you – Yeah. Red meat is good for providing you with lots of saturated fats to clog up your arteries and give you a stroke or heart attack.
Long-term vegetarian diet changes human DNA raising risk of cancer and heart disease – Quite the opposite. Long term vegetarian diet reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Eat meat and stop jogging – Sure. If the goal is to attain ill health as quickly as possible.
When it comes to myths, the Healthy Lifestyle has its fair share.
There are lots of myths related to the vegan lifestyle in particular. Here are some of them.
- Vegans lack energy because there is not enough protein in their diet.
Well, first of all you don’t get energy from protein, you get your energy from your carbs.
There is actually no shortage of protein in the vegan diet. You can get protein from peas, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
- Vegans need to take lots of supplements.
The truth is that both vegans and non-vegans alike take supplements. There is no special need for vegans to take lots of supplements. As a matter of fact only one supplement is normally recommended for vegans and that is vitamin B12 supplement which you just take maybe once per week.
- Vegans are deficient in calcium and need to drink milk.
Milk is not as great as we thought it was. Studies show that it does not prevent osteoporosis or bone fractures. As a matter of fact, dairy (milk) makes bones weaker.
For your calcium needs eat green vegetables. They will provide you with all the calcium you need in your diet.
- Vegan diet isn’t filling enough
Carbohydrate rich foods like sweet potatoes, fruits and beans etc., are actually the key to good health. It provides glucose which is the main fuel for your brain and your muscles. Carbohydrates have only 4 calories per gram, unlike fat which has 9 calories per gram so these fiber rich foods have the ability to fill you up without causing you to get fat.
- Vegan diets make you weak
If that is so, why are so many famous athletes vegan? The fact is that vegan diets have tremendous benefits for athletes as they can reduce inflammation, speed up recovery times and boost endurance and the increase oxygenation of the muscles in the brain. Plants are packed with complex carbohydrates to give athletes long-lasting power. More and more top athletes are going vegan because they realize it gives them more strength and a competitive edge.
- Vegan food is expensive
One study found that people eating a plant-based diet saved $750 a year compared to meat eaters. That is because vegan staples like rice, peas, beans, oats and potatoes are quite inexpensive. Also, if you buy your fruits and vegetables when they are in season you will save more. The frozen variety will work if the fresh produce is not in season.
- Vegan food is boring
Boring! That could not be further from the truth. There are many delicious vegan recipes that are available. As a matter of fact there is a greater variety of vegan dishes compared to meat dishes. Find examples of delicious vegan and vegetarian recipes here.
Is a vegan diet good for you?
Adopting a vegan diet is one of the best choices you can make for your health. Numerous studies have been done over the past decades to look specifically at the relationship between a vegan diet and health. One such well-known study is the Adventist Health Study. These studies show that the risk of certain diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer are greatly reduced in people who embrace the vegan lifestyle.
Let’s just put all the myths aside because the studies support the fact that choosing a vegan diet is one of the best decisions you could make.
- It makes you feel better, generally.
- Your weight would be better controlled.
- Your cholesterol and blood pressure would be normal.
- Your risk of many lifestyle disease would be reduced.
If a choice that is in your power to make, could cut your risk of diabetes in about half, wouldn’t you try it? Well that’s what a vegan diet does for you.
All your nutritional needs are met because a vegan diet provides you with all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fiber that you need.
Don’t be put off by all the myths and unsubstantiated counter claims.
The research that supports this diet is numerous. The evidence speaks. Follow your convictions and choose health.
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