Debunking myths about veganism

Haley Duval, Senior Photo Editor

Seven myths about the vegan diet. 

Myth No. 1: All vegans are skinny.

A popular myth about the vegan diet is that vegans are all skinny. 

But the truth is, veganism looks different on everybody. There are fat vegans and thin vegans. 

Everyone’s body works in different ways. Just because we have a similar diet doesn’t mean we all have the same body type. 

Myth No. 2: Veganism is an eating disorder. 

Just to be clear it’s possible veganism can cause an eating disorder, if not going into the lifestyle for the right reasons, but that’s a different topic I’ll talk about another time. 

Myth No. 3: Vegans are too judgemental toward meat-eaters.

Some non-vegans have the impression that vegans think they’re better than them because they think we try to make them feel guilty about eating meat. 

From my own experience and viewpoint, I don’t care if someone chooses to eat meat and my fellow vegan mutuals I know feel the same. 

Myth No. 4: Vegans need to drink cow’s milk to get calcium.

We all heard the slogans about milk since we could remember: Drinking milk is good for the body and it makes our bones strong. But does it? 

Calcium, one of the most abundant minerals in the body, plays an important role in bone health, blood clotting, muscle function, and nerve communication, as well as supporting a healthy heart rhythm. 

Humans do not need to get nutritional requirements from cow’s milk, or any other animal milk. 

The body does need additional nutrients to get calcium, but animal’s milk isn’t the only way we can get it. 

Multiple health experts say kale, pak choi, okra, spring greens, dried figs, chia seeds, and almonds are good sources of calcium. 

Which sounds good to mix it up in daily meals once in a while.

Myth No. 5: Vegans are weak. 

If you follow the diets of professional athletes, you would notice, follows a vegan diet. Including former professional boxer Mike Tyson, Ricky Williams one of the NFL’s first vegan players, American former track and field athlete Carl Lewis, former NBA champion John Salley, former professional boxer David Haye, Cyclist David Zabriskie, Soccer star Dwayne De Rosario, MMA fighter Jake Shields, Ultra-marathon runner Scott Jurek and so much more. 

If these athletes do not change your mind about vegans being weak, I’m not sure what will.

Myth No. 6: The vegan diet is not suitable for children. 

Some people say it’s “unfair” or even “cruel” to have a child eat vegan food because the child does not have the choice of eating meat, but isn’t that argument the same thing as serving a child a slice of meat without a choice? 

According to pediatric dietitian Katie Nowacki, RD, a vegan lifestyle can be healthy for kids as long they are “getting all the vitamins and nutrients their growing bodies require.”

Myth No. 7: Salads are vegans favorite and only meal to eat. 

I love salads as much as the next person, but speaking for myself, it is not my favorite thing to eat. Some of my favorite vegan meals to eat are a vegetarian pizza without cheese, MorningStar Farm’s veggie chicken nuggets and spicy veggie chicken patties, the new plant-based beyond burger from Carl’s Jr, brown rice and beans with homemade tortillas, any form of potato and I can continue listing my list but all it’s doing is making me hungry.