If you search plant-based diet online, you will encounter many statements against this diet, and it may increase your reluctance to follow it. Have you ever wondered if any of those arguments are true? Read on to learn why many of these arguments are outdated, and why a plant-based diet may be a great choice for you!
BY GREEN BUTCHERY | 28 July 2021
Myth 1: Plant-based food taste terrible
People think that plant-based foods taste bland, boring, and overall plain! In reality, there are so many tasty plant-based food options: the secret is all in how you prepare these foods.
Tofu is a very common example of plant-based food that people claim is uninteresting. In reality, this mighty plant-based protein has a lot to offer! Just as you once learned how to properly cook meat, you need to also learn how to properly cook tofu.
Make sure you use the correct temperature when preparing this food, and be generous with the spices and sauces you use. Applying these changes to your cooking will immediately enhance your experience of this food.
Myth 2: You need dairy for strong bones
Dairy products are not the only source of calcium in the diet. Many emerging studies suggest people do not need to rely on dairy products to get enough calcium in their diet.
Plant-based options can offer calcium too and these foods should be included to add variety to your diet. White kidney beans and oranges are excellent sources of calcium, and they also provide you with fibre!
Myth 3: You don’t get enough protein
Vegetarians and vegans are capable of eating enough protein without relying on meat or artificial supplement powders. Choosing plant-based sources of protein will be adequate for adults and even athletes.
Plant-based sources of protein include chickpeas, kidney beans, tofu products and different nuts and seeds. If you follow an ovo-vegetarian diet you can also include eggs in your daily eating routine.
Myth 4: A plant-based diet for kids may not be sufficient for a healthy growth
When done correctly, a plant-based diet can be as healthful as an omnivorous diet. Ensure your child has access to a variety of foods: do not only rely on vegetables and bread to give them energy.
Similar to adults, children will need minerals and nutrients from a variety of food sources to thrive. If your child suffers from picky eating, you may consider buying fortified products such as cereals, plant-based milk, and so on. Speak with your health care provider for more specific recommendations.
Myth 5: You don’t get enough iron
You can eat plant-based foods that are rich in iron to satisfy your needs. Certain populations will always be at high risk for low iron levels. This includes pregnant women, children, and women with heavy periods.
Knowing you are at high risk for an iron deficiency is an asset because you can plan to include more iron-rich foods in your diet. When you sit down for a meal, always eat iron-rich foods first. It is an easy way to ensure you maximize your intake of these essential foods.
Myth 6: Plant-based diets are too expensive
Depending on where you live, this may be true, but hopefully not all year! Purchase fresh produce that is in season. It will significantly decrease the cost of your grocery bill.
Using tofu, eggs, mushrooms, canned beans and legumes is one of the most cost-effective changes to make when following a vegetarian diet. Compared to purchasing meat, tofu and eggs can provide you with up to seven times the savings, without sacrificing nutrients.
Myth 7: There are not many plant-based options
In 2021, nearly every established eatery has a plant-based option, including your fast-food chains. The supermarkets too are abundant with plant-based options. Cook them the way you would normal meat. Make rendang with lion mane’s mushrooms. Or add some heat with your tom yum or mala sauce.
Products that we have tried, and love, include Quorn, Next Meat, and OKK seafood. All of these brands create healthier meat alternatives that are delicious, affordable, and vegetarian.
If you do not like any of the products in stores, there is always the option to create your own. You can find endless ways to create plant-based recipes (check out ours), creativity is the only barrier to expanding your options.