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4 Myths about Following a Vegan Diet

4 Myths about Following a Vegan Diet

With the increased interest and education available surrounding a plant based diet, it can be easy to get caught up in assuming everything you read or see is correct – for the good or the bad! If you are considering adopting a plant-based diet and aren’t sure about some of the information you have read, put your mind at ease as we bust these 4 common myths.

1.    Vegans Can't get Enough Protein

Speak to anyone who has opted to adopt a vegan diet, and chances are someone has asked them, “but how do you get your protein?” The idea that protein only comes from meat, or that meat and animal-based foods are the best sources of protein, is incorrect.  Plants have protein as well, and in fact, many are exceptionally high in protein.  Selections such as leafy greens, sea vegetables, many grains, nuts and seeds, are all excellent sources of this important macronutrient, which are often more easily digested by the body than their typical meat counterparts.

2.     Everything Tastes Bland

This is code for the assumption that all vegan prepared food is tasteless and all there is to eat is salads.  With the notion of having to eat only plants for fuel and energy, many people wrongfully postulate that this means just the plant, boiled (or raw), with no additional flavoring. In reality however, there are an abundance of opportunities when it comes to making vegan food taste delicious.  All you have to do is enjoy one vegan delivery from Savor Living, and you’ll soon be converted! But you’ll also be happy to hear that you can do the same thing at home.  Ingredients such as fresh herbs and spices, condiments such as balsamic vinegar, mustard, tamari, and miso all make excellent ways to add taste and flavor to plant-based foods, and will soon become a staple in your weekly vegan food kit.

3.     Plant-Based Diets are Always Healthy

With the intake of so many plants, a vegan diet, complete with healthy meals delivered to your door, must be the healthiest thing going!  And in fact, that’s why many people adopt the diet in the first place: to lose weight and get healthier.  But the truth is, just as meat-eating diets can be healthy or unhealthy, so too can plant-based diets.  A plant-based diet should be built primarily on a variety of whole foods, that are minimally processed. Consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, pulses and plenty of healthy fat is key to creating a sustainable vegan lifestyle that will help you reach your health goals. If you are basing your plant-based diet on meat substitutes and packaged veggie burgers, buying vegetarian prepared meals, and eating bags of vegan cheese, you may be no better off than simply following a meat-based diet.  Always try to opt for real foods instead, and if you need some inspiration, start with a vegan meal prep company to help you get on track before you work on creating your own at-home vegan meal kit!

        4.    Plant-Based Diets Guarantee you Get all your Nutrients

Eating all those fruits and vegetables, and eliminating meat surely must mean that plant-based foodies are nutrient powerhouses who easily meet all their daily vitamin and mineral requirements. In reality, eating lots of plants doesn’t mean you get all your nutrients.  The important thing is to consume a variety of foods, of lots of different colors, as this is where you will be able to obtain the nutrient value from your foods.  Be sure to listen to your body and take notice of symptoms such as fatigue or difficulty concentrating. Speak to a nutritionist if you feel you may be deficient in a particular nutrient, and be sure to enquire about Vitamin B12. With the right care and attention, it is completely possible to meet all your nutritional requirements on a plant-based diet. 

Armed with the right information and some new ideas for eating on a plant-based diet, get ready to fill your pantry with healthy foods. And don’t forget to order your plant-based meal subscription service to your Toronto home!

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