5 Vegetarian diet myths busted
There is a misconception in people’s mind that a vegetarian diet won’t make a person strong. People believe that to get basic strength one has to eat meat. This is not true. Even vegetarians can be healthy. Wrestler Sushil Kumar is a living example of the fact that vegetarians are strong. He is a pure vegetarian and has been quoted saying that he has defeated non-vegetarian wrestlers from America and Kazakhstan!! So, if a sportsman, that too a wrestler can be so fit with a vegetarian diet, we commoners obviously can! Let us move forward and bust myths associated with a vegetarian diet.
Myth 1: People who follow a vegetarian diet do not get sufficient protein.
Truth: A very famous myth! Almost everybody used to agree with it. A while back even dieticians and nutritionists used to say this, but the scenario has changed now. People now know that even vegetarian get lots of proteins. What vegetarians don’t get is the excessive protein that is found in the modern non-veg diet. Getting sufficient protein will not be an issue for vegetarians if they eat fruits, veggies, legumes and grains.
Myth 2: Vegetarians don’t get sufficient amount of calcium
Truth: This common myth is linked to vegans who don’t even have dairy products in their diets. People feel that the only solid source of calcium is milk and cheese. Yes, milk is definitely a good source of calcium but it not the only source. There are so many veggies that have ample calcium in them like the green leafy vegetables. Do you know that vegetarians suffer less from osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become weak due to lack of calcium)? This is chiefly because the body is able to absorb the calcium from a veg source more easily.
Myth 3: Veg diets are not balanced and a person’s health may get affected
Truth: A vegetarian diet is very much in balance. It has a good balance of the essential macronutrients i.e. protein, fat and complex carbs. These 3 form the corner stone of any diet. Plants are better food sources of several micronutrients. An average meat eater may consume very few servings of veggies or fruits. So, they miss out on a lot of things. Don’t you feel that a non-vegetarian diet is more out of balance than that of a vegetarian? It can depend on the way things are viewed by different people. Each one has a different perspective.
Myth 4: It is alright for adults to be vegetarian but children should be given meat so that they grow properly
Truth: This is one common misconception people have. All the concerned aunties and uncles say this to the mother of a lean child!! This statement indirectly says that the protein from plants is not as healthy as protein from meat. The fact is that protein is after all protein and it is made from amino acids. Children require 10 vital amino acids in order to develop and grow properly. The required amino acids are available in plants just like how they are available in meat.
Myth 5: Humans have been designed to eat meat
Truth: Just being able to digest meat does not mean that we were designed to eat meat. The human anatomy clearly favours a vegetarian diet. Our digestive system resembles the digestive system of other plant eaters. People usually argue that humans are meat eaters as we have ‘canine’ teeth. But what is ignored is the fact other plant eaters have canine teeth too, plus we have molar teeth that only plant eaters have! So now you know that humans have been designed to eat vegetarian food.
5 Vegetarian Diet Myths Busted! What do you feel about them?
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