Over the years, vegetarianism has spread all over the world, particularly the Western world. It is safe to say that the expansion of this trend is largely due to the pivotal role social media plays in our day-to-day lives. The problem with social media is that we absorb a great deal of bitesize information which leads to create myths here and there. This article will explore the truth of the most common myths on vegetarianism. If you are considering to a adopt a vegetarian diet and maybe even lifestyle, you may want to keep reading in order to clear some of the mythical doubts that may be holding you back.
Vegetarians are slim
Just because you lack meat and fish in your diet does not mean that you will automatically have a slim body. Don’t forget that vegetarians can still stuff themselves with processed foods, sugars and fried foods. As a matter of fact, if you are turning vegetarian to become slim, you must take a step further and become a plant-based vegetarian where fruits and vegetables are the protagonists in your daily meals.
Vegetarian diets are based on tasteless and insipid food
You may be thinking to yourself, what do vegetarians actually eat? A lot of the times we have this preconceived notion of vegetarians surviving off sautéed or boiled veggies and fruits. However, you have to remember that there is an art to cooking and anything even as basic as vegetables can be transformed to taste like heaven. I find that generally it comes down to you choosing to put in that extra effort and investigating other ways to prepare the same ingredients; playing around with fragrances, spices and colours. Perhaps exploring other cuisines which have already embraced the vegetarian culture could really help you realize how funky and yummy vegetarian food can be.
Vegetarians lack protein
Undoubtedly, protein is a fundamental nutrient which is needed by the human body. There is a common misconception that human beings can only absorb protein through meat and therefore, vegetarians will lack the essential nutrient. However, most food happens to contain some protein and it is only a matter of researching which foods are especially rich in protein in order to make the appropriate adjustments to your diet.
Vegetarian diets are expensive
Agreed, high quality fresh fruits and veggies can be expensive. Nonetheless, the key here is to realise that high quality meats are comparatively more expensive than high quality fruits and veggies. Moreover, if you are someone who cooks seasonal produce, then it is unlikely you will find the vegetarian diet costly. Either way, remember that frozen vegetables are always a viable option.
Vegetarianism due to religion
Many people believe that vegetarians tend to adopt said diet due to religious traditions, especially when referring to Asians. Even though it can be the case, people are more recently becoming vegetarian due to morality or even empathy towards nature as an environment we depend upon for survival. Vegetarian diets have been promoted as a way to preserve the environment and end universal poverty.
Hopefully, this article has helped erase some of the myths surrounding vegetarianism. Vegetarianism may be a novelty to some of you but in some cultures (Indian and Buddhist, for example) it can be traced back centuries ago. This fact only proves how adopting a vegetarian diet and lifestyle does not need to be a tough experience, but rather, another way of living.