The top 5 plant-based diet myths debunked
Let’s face it—there are myths about every single diet out there, and this certainly includes plant-based eating. So, we wanted to clear the air by debunking the top five plant-based diet myths you may come across.
You’ll walk away knowing what’s fact, and what’s fiction.
The Top 5 Plant-based Diet Myths
Myth #1 You Can’t Get Enough Protein on a Plant-based Diet
One of the most common myths about plant-based eating is that you can’t get enough protein. But, here’s the thing. Plant-based diets can actually be jam-packed with protein-rich foods. From beans, lentils, quinoa, nuts, and seeds, there certainly isn’t a shortage of foods to help you get enough protein from each meal.
And, did you know that even dark leafy greens like kale pack in about three grams of protein per cup? Not too shabby for a veggie, right?
Myth #2 Plant-based Eating is Too Restrictive
Here’s another myth we have to debunk. Plant-based eating is often viewed as being too restrictive. While it may seem like you’re giving up a lot when eliminating animal products from your diet, the list of foods you can eat definitely won’t leave you hungry.
Plus, you can pretty much turn any meat-based dish plant-based with a nutritious swap. Try swapping beef with legumes or mushrooms, and vary your diet with all plant-based eating has to offer. From fruits, veggies, tofu, tempeh, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains, the options are endless.
Myth #3 Eating Plant-based Means You Won’t Get Enough Calcium
The not getting enough calcium myth with plant-based eating is one that is being debunked more and more. Research has surfaced that the old-fashioned way of getting your daily dose of calcium from dairy milk may actually not be the best calcium source. Studies have shown that high intakes of dairy can increase the risk of prostate and even ovarian cancer.
The good news? There are plenty of plant-based ways to boost your calcium intake.
Some of our favorite calcium-rich foods include:
- Dark leafy greens
- Black beans
Myth #4 Plant-based Diets Are Processed
While any diet could be considered “processed,” it all has to do with the foods you choose to eat. There’s a common misconception that plant-based diets are full of processed foods. But, when you stick to as many whole foods as possible, plant-based eating can be one of the best ways to steer clear of the processed junk found in the Standard American Diet.
Eat as many whole foods as possible (think colorful fruits and veggies, legumes, nuts, and seeds), and you’ll be doing something pretty amazing for your overall health.
Myth #5 It’s Too Expensive to Eat Plant-based
Let’s face it—any eating style can be “expensive”, it all depends on what types of foods you eat and where you shop.
And, the truth is that plant-based eating isn’t any more expensive than other diets. In fact, swapping out meat with plants may actually save you some money on your grocery bill. And, when you shop local, you can keep even more money in your pocket, while supporting local farmers. It’s a win, win.
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Don’t Be Fooled By Plant-based MythsSo there you have it. The top five plant-based diet myths debunked. And, now that we’ve done some detective work to uncover what’s fact and what’s fiction go on and keep eating all that plant-based goodness. You’re doing amazing things for your overall health.