Common Misconceptions About Veganism

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Today, nearly 9.6 million Americans are vegan. Practicing veganism means avoiding meat, along with any other animal byproducts. Since veganism is arguably one of the healthiest diets in the world, more and more people have chosen to take part in this diet culture. A vegan lifestyle can take a while to get used to, but the health benefits combined with the positive environmental impacts are worth the extra effort! 

When it comes to getting a balanced amount of protein in your diet, meat is not the only option. Even though meat tends to have high amounts of protein, there are healthier, more environmentally-friendly alternatives. Reducing your intake of meat and following a healthier diet, such as veganism, is one of these alternatives; “Plant-Based Protein vs. Protein from Meat” supports this idea by saying, “A diet with any type of meat raises the risk of heart disease and cancer, when compared with a vegetarian, or vegan [diet].” According to The Vegan Society, “There is no need to track protein intake or use protein supplements with plant-based diets; if you are meeting your daily calorie needs, you will get plenty of protein.” The common misconceptions that veganism is unhealthy, or that it doesn’t allow people to get enough protein is simply untrue. There are countless health benefits to maintaining a balanced and nutritional vegan diet. 

When most people think of vegans, salads and vegetables come to mind. While vegans do eat salads, they are not the backbone of their diet. Over the years, the number of people practicing veganism has increased, some of your favorite celebrities including Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, and Serena Williams are all vegan. The growing numbers encourage grocery stores and restaurants to provide a wider variety of vegan-friendly food options. According to “Top 20 Questions About Veganism,” “…The growth of the vegan food market is raising consumer awareness of the health consequences of eating animal products, as well as the ethical and environmental impact of animal agriculture.” The internet is also a great place to learn new and easy vegan recipes. There is a vegan recipe for almost every ‘normal’ food including vegan hamburgers, lasagna, and even mac ‘n’ cheese. 

According to “Plant-Based Protein vs. Protein from Meat”, a single vegan can save approximately 100 animal lives over the course of just one year. On average, in the United States about 25 million land animals are slaughtered everyday for people to consume. Compared to 25 million, 100 animal lives may seem pointless, but they are far from that. When we as human beings begin to think about the meat we eat everyday, as animals instead of just another meal, we allow ourselves to be more aware of the effect our eating habits have on our environment. Unfortunately, meat based diets are not as environmentally friendly as plant-based diets because they “…Rely on animal agriculture, which is a major contributor to climate change(Pharewegan).”

Transitioning to veganism can be challenging, but the results will be worth it! Maintaining a vegan diet not only contributes to the prevention of climate change, but it also gives people a mindful, and nutritional diet. 

Works Cited

“13 Myths about Veganism.” The Vegan Society, 13 Nov. 1970, www.vegansociety.com/news/blog/13-myths-about-veganism.

“Top 20 Questions about Veganism.” Viva! – The Vegan Charity, 5 Sept. 2019, www.viva.org.uk/going-vegetarian-vegan/going-veggie/how/20-questions.

Pharwegan, et al. “Plant-Based Protein vs. Protein from Meat: Which One Is Better for Your Body?” Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery, 12 May 2017, www.farmacyvegankitchen.com/plant-based-protein-vs-protein-from-meat/.