Despite benefits like being more environmentally sustainable and decreasing your risk of heart disease, there are still many myths about eating a plant-based diet. Let's see!
The traditional concept of a vegetarian lifestyle refers to any individual who does not eat meat, chicken, or fish or their derived products. How much do you know about this type of diet?
Vegetarianism refers to a diet of foods derived from plants, with or without dairy products, eggs, and/or honey.
The 6 myths about plant-based diets you should break
1. The plant-based diet cannot be maintained in the long term
Because it is a lifestyle and not a single change in diet, it can always be done with the advice of health professionals. There are people who have been vegan for over 30 years.
2. Vegetarians need to take vitamin or mineral supplements
Most healthy vegetarians do not need to take supplements, although there may be exceptions. The person starting a vegetarian diet should visit a nutritionist to make sure that all the necessary vitamins and minerals are being consumed in their food. Likewise, someone who eats meat may need a supplement. The truth is that only a fully plant-based (vegan) diet needs to be supplemented with B12.
3. Plant-based diets are low in protein
Many plant-based foods contain protein. Grain foods like legumes, cereals, the combination of them (lentils with rice) or walnuts, and tofu are just some foods of plant origin that contain protein.
4. Vegetarians often suffer from anemia
Not at all. Anemia can affect anyone independent of their diet. Foods such as legumes, green leafy vegetables contain iron. Seasoning with lemon juice or consuming citrus after food would improve its absorption.
5. Vegetarians don't get enough calcium in their diet
A well-planned vegetarian diet can provide calcium since it can be obtained from seeds, dried fruits, and calcium-fortified products.
6. An athlete cannot follow a plant-based diet
A vegetarian athlete can perform just like a carnivore. The necessary calories will be obtained from seeds, nuts, starches, oils, cereals, and legumes. Many athletes choose to go plant-based to improve performance (Lewis Hamilton, Serena Williams, and Rich Roll to name a few).