3 Common Myths Eating Vegan
This month we’re looking at busting a couple popular myths floating out there about veganism. Knowledge is our best friend folks, and I dropped some below for your pleasure.
Myth #1: Vegans don’t consume enough protein. This one follows the “you need to eat meat to be healthy” realm. There are so many protein options for a vegan diet. Chickpeas, soy milk, oats and oatmeal, wild rice, nuts, nut butter, other seeds, even some fruits and veggies pack a protein punch (bananas, blackberries, nectarine and guava, to name a few), as well as Ezekiel bread, or other breads made from sprouted grains. Research at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) states that “vegetarians and vegans enjoy lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes, lower body-mass indexes, a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease, and lower overall cancer rates. The AND also states that vegetarian or vegan diets ‘are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.’” The options are truly endless if you only know where to look, and it has the research to back it up! At Seed Cafe we have plenty of protein options for you!
Myth #2: Vegans have nothing to eat, and what you find is too expensive! This is actually super false. Some base staples, such as pasta, rice, beans and tofu are much cheaper than meat. And the money you save from not buying meat, can go towards buying the nondairy milk or other staples, such as fruits or vegetables. To top it all off, the average person who eats animal products actually ends up consuming about double the protein the body needs to effectively perform, and eating too much meat can lead to serious health problems. So as long as you are consuming enough calories, and support a varied diet, your body will be getting all the nutrition it needs.
Myth #3: Finding a place to eat out is impossible! Okay, so this one may be a bit pointed. *hint hint, nudge, nudge* This is where I tell you to go visit our plant-based café Seed! But in all seriousness, if you haven’t checked it out yet, you definitely should. Plant-based eating was even hailed as one of the hottest trends of 2018, and it’s on the rise. But it’s so much more than a trend. It’s important to the health of our planet.
So when the opportunity arises, take a yoga class at Modo, and grab a bite at Seed. Try something new. Since this lifestyle as gotten more accesbile, more restaurants are making sure they have multiple options available to their patrons regardless of dietary restrictions. Even if you don’t see anything on the menu, ask the waitstaff for options. You won’t have been the first person to ask, and you won’t be the last.
If you’re looking for fun plant-based option in the Twin Cities, check out the Bite Sized Beet blog, she’s all over the scene and will give you the goods to find great eats all over Minneapolis and St. Paul.