Myths or realities among vegans

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There are still a lot of myths about veganism, even if the vegan movement has grown in the past years. In this article, we share with you 5 common ideas and whether or not they are myths or realities.

Myths or realities among vegans

I have been vegan for almost 6 years now. I have heard many myths about veganism in the past few years. It is impressive to note that this way of life is not well-known to everyone.

First, what does it mean to be "vegan"? Veganism is about having a lifestyle that involves the less animal cruelty as possible. We, therefore, opt for a vegan diet, which means that we do not consume any product of animal origin (that implies animal flesh, but also dairy products and eggs, among others). For the rest, we ensure that the products we buy have not been created with materials of animal origin (like leather couches) and that they are cruelty-free (like beauty products).

Here are 5 statements I often hear about vegans. Is it a myth or a reality?

Eating vegan is more expensive

Absolutely not! Of course, the cost of your groceries is something very individual, depending on what you consume. Depending on where I shop and what products I buy, it could cost me a lot of money, but that fact is just as valid for a carnivorous person. Lentils and tofu cost much less than beef and chicken. Personally, our groceries cost us less than those of our non-vegan friends.

Vegans need to take supplements

This is true for most vegans. However, I always recommend discussing which supplement to take with a healthcare professional. To better meet your needs, taking vitamin B12, calcium or iron is not uncommon.

Vegans lack protein

Very false. The lack of protein scares many people when it is effortless and accessible to get enough protein in a vegan diet. Tofu, tempeh, soy milk, lentils, beans, whole grains, nuts, and plant-based protein powders like Vegan Pro contain a good amount.

Vegans eat very healthy

Not necessarily, but the diet is indeed more varied. Vegans will generally cook more. Cooking our meals and eating more varieties of food is proven to be associated with better overall health. In this sense, a vegan might be healthier, but it is relative! A vegan person could also eat only ultra-processed products.

It's hard to be vegan

Yes and no. It depends on a lot of factors! Access to good vegan food can be more difficult, depending on where you live. Also, during specific trips and when we lose our usual bearings, it can indeed be difficult. However, when you are well-informed, it is usually doable. However, it takes more time, patience and discipline.

I hope this article has helped you understand more veganism!

By Katia Bricka
Writer at RAW Nutritional


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