The Most Common Myth of a Vegetarian Diet
I’ve long been shocked by the vast amount of misinformation floating around about diets without meat. “What about protein?” you will hear misinformed people ask about a diet without meat. “How will you get protein? And you’ll be weak and frail and hungry all the time, right? After all, you are a hungry guy!” To see how much misinformation is truly floating around the internet, check it out for yourself. Go to google.com and type in “Is a vegan diet healthy”.
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Google is citing this information from the end of 2014. When you click into the link, you reach a popular blog written by Jamie Oliver saying that a vegan diet is naturally low in Vitamin D and calcium. This could not be further from the truth. Sure, a poorly planned diet may cause deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D, iron B12 and other essential vitamins and minerals. But the key here is poor planning. This statement above, taken from Google, could not be further from the truth. Here is the full link to this article, filled with misinformation: Jamie Oliver’s Blog
The amount of misinformation on the internet and lack of reliable sources is starting to become frustrating. So let’s tackle some of the big issues and see what’s true and what is not.
Myth #1: A Vegetarian and Vegan Diet Does Not Have Enough Protein
This could not be further from the truth. Protein is a hot topic for all genders and age groups. Misinformation surrounding protein is largely fueled by protein shake companies and the meat industry, portraying protein as something that we must consume in mass amounts. Endless protein ads for protein shakes say things like “Looking to build muscle? Consume 1.5 grams of protein for every pound you weigh every day.” Wow.
“The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound. This amounts to: 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man. 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman.” - Dietary Reference Intake
Do Bodybuilders get Enough Protein?
“The academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports that bodybuilders require 1.4 to 1.7 grams of protein per kilogram, or about 0.63 to 0.77 grams of protein per pound of body weight each day and that 1.4 to 1.8 grams of protein per kilogram is required to build muscle mass.” -Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Are you ready for the exhaustive list of foods with protein? Quinoa, Buckwheat, Soy, Tofu), Rice and Beans, Ezekiel Bread, Hummus and Pita, Lentils, Black Beans, Soy Milk, Green Peas, Spinach, Chia Seeds, Broccoli, Asparagus, Green Beans, Almonds, Tahanini, Chickpeas, Almond Butter, Peanut Butter. The list goes on and on. You get the point. You will never be short on protein if you eat even half of these foods.
We suggest that you read carefully. Question the sources you receive information from. There is a lot of misinformation on the internet fueled by interested parties. We are not saying it’s fake news, but some companies and industries have their own agendas. And as always, take good care of yourself. To read a comprehensive, definitive article on reversing your health, click here: The Definitive Guide to Reversing your Health