Common Myth About Vegan Diet - and Fact You Need To Know
Are most vegan diets rely heavily on supplements cause some critical vitamins are missing in plant-based food? Is milk the single best source of calcium? Are vegans missing out on the benefit of vitamin B12? Let's check out some myths and facts about being a vegan.
Myth: Most Vegan Have Calcium Deficiency, Which Leads To Weak Bones
Since vegans avoid dairy milk at all costs, do they really missed out on calcium? It leads to another question: Is dairy milk the only way to get calcium? No, it's not. Besides animal-based milk, calcium can also be obtained from many plant sources like leafy green vegetables, beans, tofu, dried apricot, sesame seeds, etc. Along with calcium, vitamin D is equally important to strengthen the bones. A lot of dairy-free products have fortified with key vitamins, say Go Veggie vegan cheese, it is fortified with calcium and vitamin D.
Myth: Vegans Have Deficient In Vitamin Vitamin B12
While vegan faces a higher risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, and we commonly believe that the single best source of vitamin B12 is animal-based food, but it does not mean a non-vegan diet can avoid vitamin B12 deficiency easily. In one of our articles, we talked about the reasons for vitamin B12 deficiency and how it could happen in a meat-based diet as well.
Besides animal-derived food, some best plant-based or vegan sources of vitamin B12 including algae, seaweed (especially nori), fortified plant-based milk (check the nutritional label before you purchase).
Myth: Vegan Food Is Expensive And Only For The Rich
Well, it depends. Some prices have been compared in Singapore and a lifestyle experience has been shared, even some plant-based meat is slightly more expensive than regular meat, but overall it saved your bank account. In the end, you may thank yourself for being a vegan.
Myth: Honey Is Not Animal-based, Thus It Is Vegan
Surprisingly, honey is not vegan. Honey is actually a food source of honey bees, exploiting honey from them has violated the definition of veganism. We couldn't assure the sustainability of the honey-making process without killing or harming the bee species. Similar discussions can be found in The Vegan Society, PETA, and The Vegan Review.
Vegans are believed to be the most creative chef in the world, we can see it in the innovation of plant-based meat and the fortified vegan food product. They are also a bunch of health-conscious and environmentally friendlier consumers, they wish to save the planet from their daily routine.