5 myths debunked by a nutrition expert

Vegan consumption is gaining momentum and growing rapidly in India as more and more people realize the benefits of healthy eating. Being vegan involves abstaining from all animal products or by-products. Indians choose vegan cuisine to opt for a healthier lifestyle and to avoid non-vegetarian foods. Animal-related eating habits are wreaking havoc on our planet, which is another reason people are turning to plant-based diets. According to studies, animal or dairy products contribute to cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, diabetes, etc. After becoming aware of this information, many people are moving towards a diet rich in plant-based foods.Read also – Become vegan? Indulging in vegan cheese can have adverse effects on your health – Here’s why

However, there are some myths associated with this term veganism. Well, nutritionist Sonia Bakshi decoded half of it and presented some real truths. Let’s learn the truth about vegan diets and debunk the myths associated with it. Also Read – Explained: What is Veganism? Indian Vegan Food Regulations | Watch the video

#MYTH 1: YOU CAN LOSE WEIGHT

Sorry, but veganism is not a sure path to weight loss despite your celebrities telling you so. Eating more plants and fewer processed foods can lead to weight loss. But, even vegans can make bad choices, which won’t help with weight loss. If vegans eat a lot of vegan junk food, they too will not lose weight. So beware: “vegan” on the label does not necessarily mean healthy! Also Read – Vegan Diet: 3 Ways to Get Protein if You’re Vegan and Looking for Alternative Foods

#MYTH 2: YOU ARE NOT GETTING ENOUGH PROTEIN

Despite popular belief, meat, eggs, and dairy aren’t the only proteins available. There are countless plant foods that are rich sources of protein. Lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, soy are excellent sources of protein. Besides protein, soy products also offer iron and calcium.

#MYTH 3: YOU MAY FEEL WEAK AND TIRED

There are several reasons why this myth is so prevalent. Meat is packed with iron and vitamin B12, which contribute to energy, and more. However, skipping animal products doesn’t necessarily make you weak and tired. Luckily, there are plenty of healthy, nutrient-dense vegan alternatives to keep your energy levels up and prevent anemia deficiencies. Plant sources of iron include chickpeas, legumes, pumpkin seeds, and spinach. And here’s a simple trick: if you add a little lemon juice to your hummus (or pair it with foods high in vitamin C), you’ll improve your body’s ability to absorb iron. When it comes to vitamin B-12, nutritionists suggest vegans add vitamin supplements, vitamin-enriched cereals, and fortified soy products.

#MYTH 4: FISH IS THE ONLY SOURCE OF OMEGA-3

If you’ve heard of the benefits of omega-3s, you know there’s almost nothing these fatty acids can’t do. They support your heart and brain, can promote healthy bones and joints, help with cognition and memory, and the list goes on. But many people think the only good source is salmon or fish oil pills. Chia and flax are good dietary supplements because they are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which promotes heart health.

#MYTH 5: VEGANISM IS EXPENSIVE

There are many inexpensive vegan foods and ingredients in India, especially if the diet focuses on cheaper foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, lentils, beans, and other legumes. A well-planned vegan diet can be less expensive than a diet that includes animal products.