With plant-based diets gaining popularity, there are tons of myths floating around. We want to clear up some of these misconceptions, so you feel confident eating plant-based, whether it’s rarely or everyday!
1. All Vegans/Vegetarians are Protein Deficient
No way! Any time you consider a dietary change, proper planning is necessary. This doesn’t just apply to plant-based eating, but any change. Fortunately, plant protein is powerful! Sources like beans, lentils, and tempeh actually provide more protein than meats like chicken wings or hamburgers. Even plant-based snacks can pack a protein punch—Taali’s water lily pops provide 3-5 grams of plant based protein per serving!
2. Plant-based Food Doesn't Taste Good
You may not realize it, but some of your favorite foods (think spaghetti, pizza, curry, etc) are often made plant-based—if not entirely vegan—already! You don’t have to step out of your comfort zone when eating plant based: experimenting with new dishes and flavors can be fun, but sticking to your tried-and-true favorites is totally doable as well!
3. Eating Plant-based is Super Difficult
It doesn’t have to be! Of course, jumping into anything new without proper planning could be tough, but as long as you think ahead, transitioning to a plant-based diet should be easy-peasy. In fact, we have a whole blog dedicated to helping you get started! Head over to this blog to read more about planning, starting, and enjoying a plant-based diet.
4. Eating Plant-based is All or Nothing
No! Eating plant-based is not something you have to commit to 100% of the time. In fact, we actually recommend NOT starting at 100%, as a transition period might help you ease into your new diet. Even if you never choose to go plant-based full time, just eating one plant based meal per day or 1 day per week does make a difference.
5. All Vegans/Vegetarians are Vitamin Deficient
They shouldn’t be! There are only two essential nutrients that don’t occur naturally in a plant-based diet: vitamin B12 and vitamin D3. These vitamins are easy to get either through supplements or vitamin-fortified foods like cereals or nut milks. All other essential nutrients are found within a plant-based diet. Check it out: even Taali provides iron!