There is a long, growing list of myths and misconceptions around veganism whether it’s on social media or in conversations with pseudo-intellectual dummies. So we thought, let’s take a moment to list some of the biggest and dumbest myths about veganism that people believe and settle it once and for all.
#1 Vegetarianism ≠ Veganism
PlantWhile many people believe that vegetarianism and veganism are synonymous, it couldn’t be further from the truth. The only similarity between these two is that they both avoid meat products, but the similarities end there. Vegetarians, while refraining from meat, often consume animal-derived products like ghee, curd, honey, ice cream e.t.c. Vegans, on the other hand, abstain from all animal-derived products like meat, dairy, eggs, honey, cream and follow only a plant-rich diet. The reason being vegans believe in animal rights and protecting them.
#2 Vegan food lacks Protein
The most common, and might we add dumb, myth is when people say ‘if you don’t eat meat then you don’t get enough protein.’ People often believe that the only way to get protein is through meat. But news flash: Plants are full of proteins too! Sources like soy, lentils, beans, broccoli, quinoa, peas, brown rice nuts, and seeds are packed with proteins. When compared to an egg with an average of 6-7 grams of protein, a cup of beans, legumes, peanut butter, and almonds offer almost 14 to 22 grams of protein per cup. Incidentally, farm animals are fed plant protein, so why not consume these proteins directly than through animals?
#3 It’s Expensive to be Vegan
One of the other arguments/myths that people blindly believe in is that being vegan is very expensive. While we can agree that plant-based meats and plant-based dairy products can be slightly expensive, everyday food products like grains, beans, fruits, legumes and vegetables are much more affordable than regular meat or dairy products. Just compare the menu at any of your favourite restaurants and you’ll find that meat-based meals are much more expensive than vegetarian fare.
#4 It’s A Diet for Weight Loss
Due to the various diet trends for weight loss, many people believe that adopting a vegan diet will immediately help them drop a few kilos. We are sorry to break it to you that it's completely false. A vegan diet can contain just the same amount of carbs and calories as a meat-filled diet. Amidst the myriad of myths about veganism, one of them is that veganism is only limited to food which is not true. Veganism is not a diet but a way of life. Vegans do not only care about cutting down animal products from their diet but also from their lifestyle. Whether it’s makeup, clothing, household products, cleaning supplies, home decor or anything else that contains traces of animal by-products or has been tested on animals. Vegans believe in advocating for the rights to life for every being on this Earth, especially when the being can’t voice their opinion.
#5 Veganism Can’t Make a Difference
Veganism can save the world. Don’t take our word for it, just ask the UN. A meat and dairy free diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and worst impacts of climate change. Apart from the biggest polluters of air and fresh water sources, the livestock industry also erode and weaken soil. And let’s not forget raising livestock leads to deforestation and its also costs a lot of energy. Even if one person goes vegan for a month they can save 620 kilos of harmful carbon emissions, 913 squarefoot of rainforest and 1,26,739 litres of water. And at last, let us not forget veganism also ends the tremendous amount of unnecessary violence and deaths of animals.
The list is ongoing and we shall be back to add to the list. If you think we’ve forgotten some important points on our list, please get in touch and we’d be happy to add them.