Common Myths About Veganism

veganVeganism is on the upswing. But even though veganism has become more mainstream, there is still a lot of lore out there about vegan nutrition and the vegan lifestyle. Here are some of the most common myths about veganism – busted!

Vegans Are Always Tired

If you don’t get enough meat in your diet that will lead to you always feeling tired and run down, right? Nope! While it may be true that vegans avoid meat and animal products, there are plenty of other sources vegas can work into their diets to get the iron and B12 their bodies needs. It’s actually true that vegans and vegetarians need more iron and B12 daily than their meat-eating counterparts, but eating enough dark, leafy greens along with beans, spinach and soy milk should take care of it.

Vegans Can’t Get Protein

Again, this one couldn’t be farther from the truth! Soy, beans, lentils, peas and peanuts are packed full of protein for vegans to eat. Heck, even whole grains have protein, and they’re better for you! So, myth totally busted!

If You’re Pregnant, You Shouldn’t Be Vegan

It’s a common misconception, even among other vegans, that vegan diets are a no-no during pregnancy due to health concerns about the mother and the baby. It is true that nutrition is as important as ever when you’ve got a bun in the oven, but you also shouldn’t assume that your diet needs changing if you’re vegan. If your diet is balanced and you’re taking the right supplements, it’s perfectly OK to be a vegan when you’re expecting. Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about not getting enough vitamins and nutrients during your pregnancy.

Soy Causes Cancer

Soy is pretty much a staple in most vegan diets, so if this one is true then vegans are in some serious trouble! Thankfully, this is one of those statements that have been blown way out of proportion. Soy has estrogen-like compounds in it called phytoestrogens, and these substances can imitate hormones in the body when has been shown in animal studies to cause an increase in the risk of breast cancer. For humans, however, it is considered to be safe to maintain a diet rich in soy foods. Don’t take this as a reason not to become vegan or continue on with it.

The root of the problem with ideas about veganism is that people just don’t know enough about it! So, if you’re considering making the switch to veganism then find out more about it and do your research!

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