10 Myths About Eating Plant-Based
Plants don’t contain ‘real’ protein, so you can’t build muscle!
Plant protein is actually much healthier than animal based protein and it is very easy to get your daily intake of protein via plants. After all, that’s how big, strong animals like gorillas, elephants and rhinos get their protein! High protein plant foods include tempeh, tofu, peas, soy beans, lentils, black beans and oats.
The majority of people around the world (including vegans and vegetarians) are actually in excess of protein, which can be very detrimental for health. So don’t worry about your protein! You are probably getting too much anyway!
Eating Plant-based is Expensive.
Some branded plant-based products and plant-based restaurants can be expensive. But, plant foods such as vegetables, rice, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds are some of the cheapest foods in the world. Additionally there are a huge variety of plant-based restaurants, cafes and street food in Thailand (and around the world) that are very cheap and delicious! To reduce your costs further, be sure to buy local and seasonal food.
Plant-based food is boring.
“Won’t I miss out on all the tasty food if I’m plant-based?” Absolutely not!
Many people believe that plant-based food is very bland and boring and that you can only eat lettuce and carrots. But don’t worry being plant-based it doesn’t mean you need to eat like a rabbit! Every food you can think of can be made with plant-based ingredients and often taste even better than the original dishes. Bangkok restaurants alone offer plant-based pizzas, curries, cakes, doughnuts, noodles, hot pot, sushi and so much more!
Plant-based food is not filling.
There is a common misconception that you won’t feel full unless you eat animal products. When you eat animal products, you are filling your stomach with very fat-dense food, so you will quickly get a heavy feeling in your stomach. This is why it’s important to increase your portion sizes when you are eating plant-based food. But this is not a bad thing! When you eat plant foods, you are filling your stomach with easily digestible, fibrous foods that are very high in nutrients, keeping you full and well nourished at the same time.
You need cow’s milk for healthy bones.
There is no scientific evidence to show milk is healthy for your bones. In fact, there is some evidence that suggests milk may sometimes increase bone and hip fracture rates. Dairy can also increase your risk of certain cancers and speed up cancer growth, as well as increasing risk of premature death and heart disease. There are plenty of high calcium plant foods that don’t have any health-related risks!
Eating plant-based is unhealthy!
Plant-based foods are generally much healthier than animal based foods! Plant foods are some of the healthiest foods on the planet and are full of fibre, nutrients, and antioxidants. Whereas animal based foods contain no fibre, are loaded with saturated fat, cholesterol and salt which can eventually lead to health problems.
It is difficult to eat plant-based.
Eating plant-based 10 years ago would have been much more difficult than it is today. But fortunately, plant-based food is now conveniently absolutely everywhere! You don’t need to break your routine to pick up a snack for lunch when the alternatives are just as delicious and healthier for you and the planet.
Plant-based is always linked with religion.
There are many people from around the world who follow variations of a plant-based, vegan or vegetarian diet in accordance with their religion. Many people see eating plant-based as a way of making merit or earning good karma. Similarly, there are many people around the world who eat a plant-based diet because they believe it is better for the planet, the animals or for their health, but is not interlinked with any particular religion. Whether you are plant-based for religious or non-religious reasons, we believe that anyone eating plant-based is having a positive effect on some part of our planet, eco-system or society.
A plant-based diet is not suitable for children.
A plant-based diet can be just as nutritious as a non-vegan diet. Studies have proven that there is no reason why a plant-based diet shouldn’t provide an infant with an appropriate amount of nutrients.
“It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases,”
Soy is bad for you
Soy has been given a bad reputation for all the wrong reasons. Soy contains phytoestrogens (plant hormones - not human hormones). Phytoestrogens in the human body are relatively weak and can actually bring health benefits, such as a lowered risk of cancer, by 'blocking' actual estrogen. Soy has an abundance of health benefits and is a great source of plant-based protein!