Vegans are often looked upon with dismay, disdain and total lack of understanding by the rest of the people. Here are the most common questions and misconceptions which long-time vegans would like you to stop asking them:
- Isn’t veganism too extreme? The truth is, there are different views on what can be considered extreme. Some people may find running an ultramarathon extreme, others may find getting a tattoo extreme… So, make sure you keep in mind that people are different and have different views on what is too much and what is not, before you ask this question to a vegan.
- Isn’t veganism just for girls? The answer is – no! Veganism is about caring about the animals, our planet and wellbeing. This kind of care isn’t limited to a specific gender. The theory that man is a natural hunter gatherer is not a valid argument in today’s western world, where we get our food from stores and markets, rather than need to hunt it down, kill it and then eat it!
- Don’t you miss protein? The answer is that vegans can get as much proteins as you do but without consuming any animal based products. Note that a cup of lentils contains 18 grams of protein which is about the equal amount of proteins which you will consume when eating three hardboiled eggs.
- Doesn’t eating salads leave you hungry and craving for more food? A big salad seasoned with delicious sauces and seasonings can be an excellent filling meal. Plus, vegans don’t just eat salads all the time. There is an amazing variety of delicious vegan meals you can eat as well!
- Doesn’t this diet make you feel weak? Well, given the fact that there are many leading athletes who are leading a vegan lifestyle and are still in the top at their sports. Think – Serena Williams, Carla Lewis and Fiona Oaks who are all vegans and yet are leaders in their sports.
- Don’t you need a bunch of supplements to help you stay healthy? Remember that when you eat meat – you are basically eating what the animal has been feeding for, which is plant based. This means that vegans are simply skipping that “middle man”, and the nutrients, minerals and vitamins consumed are the same. Plus, fruits, veggies and other non-meat based products can contain all the necessary nutrients which a human needs to live and function properly.