When it comes to vegan diets, there’s no shortage of myths and misconceptions.
Following a vegan diet in the United States is akin to being the only kid in a room full of grownups, or a Golden Retriever in a room full of cats. Vegans just aren’t that common in the United States, although more and more people are adopting vegan diets. According to a 2017 Top Trend in Prepared Foods report, six percent of consumers in the United States now identify as vegan, which is up from one percent in 2014. But, even though more and more people are identifying as vegan, it’s still a fairly unknown thing, which is probably why there is so much misinformation about it out there. That’s why, in this blog series, we’ve set out to debunk the common myths about veganism. Check out Part 1 to learn about the myths we’ve already uncovered, and keep reading to learn more.
Myth #4. “All vegan diets are healthy.”
There are basically two schools of thought for people who don’t know a lot about vegan diets — people either believe that vegan diets are terrible and you’ll starve to death if you try to follow one or they believe that all vegan diets are the ultimate health status. And, as much as we’d love to believe the latter, it’s just not true. As we’ve mentioned time and time again in this blog series, there are a lot of ways to eat a vegan diet. In fact, someone who lives off of french fries from Burger King and Oreos is, in fact, following a vegan diet. However, if you make the choice to cook meals at home using a variety of whole, plant-based ingredients, then you will be following an incredibly healthy diet.
Myth #5. “Vegans are all weaklings.”
In our last blog, we painted a picture of how a lot of people view vegans, which is wealthy, stay-at-home, yoga moms shopping at WholeFoods. Another common stereotype is a skinny, hipster kid with a plaid shirt and a beard selling his kombucha at a farmer’s market. But, what most people don’t think of when they think of vegans are bodybuilders or football players, because most people don’t think vegans can get strong. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, there are many famous, vegan athletes, like Rich Roll, who is an endurance athlete and was named by Men’s Fitness as one of the top 25 athletes in the world.
Myth #6. “There’s no evidence that eating a vegan diet is healthy.”
A lot of people will try to tell you that following a vegan diet isn’t healthy at all, or that there’s no evidence that following a vegan diet is any healthier than following a traditional diet. But, the reality is that research overwhelmingly demonstrates the health benefits of following a vegan diet over a traditional diet. Believe it or not, studies have shown that not only does following a vegan diet help to prevent the leading causes of death among Americans — high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease — vegan diets can treat and even reverse these conditions. And, among vegan and vegetarian populations, the rates of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity are significantly lower than that of traditional diet populations.
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