As all of us vegans can attest to: one of the top questions you will (yes, “will” not “might”!) hear is along the lines of “Wait, so where do you get your protein from?!”
Now, you have to give it to them, the meat industry has spent billions on advertisement, and have succeeded, at promoting flesh foods to be protein-filled health and power houses. But it seems as though each and every person is shocked, if not in disbelief, when you tell them you are getting the same exact amounts of protein as them… just without the harm.
So the go-to belief when someone would be asked to compile a list of protein-filled foods would more than likely consist of the following:
- Red Meat
- Fish: Salmon, Cod, Shellfish etc.
HOWEVER, a vegan would give you this list, and no, they aren’t lying to you!
- Nuts: Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds, Pistachios, Cashews etc.
- Soy Products i.e. Soy Milk
- Beans: Navy Beans, Black Beans, Red Kidney Beans, Fava Beans, Chickpeas
- Leafy Green Vegetables: Kale, Spinach, Peas, Green Beans, Lettuce, Broccoli
- Grains: Quinoa, Buckwheat, Wheat etc.
The catch about following a vegan diet, however, is the responsibility that comes with it! Clearly, you will not be getting the correct nutrient levels if you aren’t basing your diet on wholesome, plant based foods. By this I mean, if you are only eating “junk food” such as fries, chips, sweets etc. (yes, this can technically be a vegan diet) then you clearly will have insufficient protein levels, not to mention other nutrients as well!
The reason this rumor about not consuming enough protein stems is because many flesh foods do in fact have more amounts of protein, but what people don’t understand is that you don’t eat meats 24/7, whereas on a vegan diet you are constantly consuming at least one of the things on the above list, thus causing protein levels to even out!
If the above list should teach you one thing, it’s that there are so so many misconceptions about veganism that keep being spread about. Everyone I have come across, for example, has told me “Why are you doing it, isn’t it really unhealthy?” NO it’s the exact opposite. Eating nothing but plants and whole foods to fuel your insides cannot have a single detrimental effect as eating dead, rotting flesh can.
These inconsistent rumors about veganism can only be dwindled through articles such as this one, as well as through word of mouth. Each time I correct my friends’ misconceptions I know that they will alter their ideas on a cruelty-free diet accordingly!
Don’t forget how powerful word of mouth really is! Let’s make the Vegan community in Singapore as big as possible. Slowly but surely, with the proper education we can stop the ignorance and misconceptions associated with veganism such as the “protein myth”.
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