Many people find a plant-based diet boring, tasteless, and hard to follow. Some even think that a plant-based diet is expensive and does not provide enough nutrients to stay fit and healthy. I’m happy to say I’ve don’t a bit of research :). I found these are just a few of the many misconceptions and myths about plant-based diets.
Fallacies or myths often led people to doubt their dietary choices. Remember, you need to differentiate between myths and facts. In this post, we will bust the myths about the plant-based diet.
Myth 1: Plant-based Diet means to become a Vegetarian
Following a plant-based diet does not mean that you cannot eat animal-sourced foods at all. Many experts recommend including fish, meat, dairy, or poultry in your diet. However, the key is to have them in smaller portions and less often. You can use poultry, fish, or meat as a side dish or garnish with your plant-based main meal.
Myth 2: Plant-based Diet is a Luxury
Another common myth about plant-based diets is that it is expensive. You will find a wide range of plants, beans, whole grains, and legumes at reasonable pricing. Not only are these packed with minerals, vitamins, and proteins, but they also cost less than meat.
Additionally, rice, wheat, corn, potatoes –all are inexpensive. Some leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, and seasonal fruits are a little pricey. However, you can purchase frozen or canned fruits and veggies; make sure to go for low-sodium options if possible.
Myth 3: Plant-based Diet is Boring
A plant-based diet offers so much variety; all you have to do is explore and experiment. From beans, nuts, and seeds to pasta, legumes, and noodles, step into the world of amazing, healthy food.
Add in a little spice to make an otherwise boring food into a tasty meal. You can replace meat with mushrooms or legumes, cheese with blended nuts, and sugary delights with date-sweetened desserts.
Myth 4: It means giving up your favorite Snacks
Well, munching on too many sugary snacks is not good for your oral health in the first place. Instead of eating candies or sugary snacks, you can experiment with vegetables or fruits, and come up with healthy, mouthwatering treats.
You can consult your dietitian for some innovative, tasty desserts while you are on a plant-based diet. Frozen grapes and berries are good alternatives to sugary popsicles. Plus, unsalted nuts, fruits, carrots and celery sticks are a few healthy snacks.
Myth 5: It does not suffice Body’s Nutrient Requirement
Needless to say, this is also a misconception. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans provide all the nutrients that your body needs. You only need to work on the proportion of food; there is no harm in consuming animal-based food as long as it is smaller in portion and less often.
For most healthy people, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams of protein per Kg of body weight. You can obtain protein from various plant foods, including whole grains, beans, lentils, seeds, nuts, and tofu.
Some Final Thoughts
Many people hesitate to switch to a plant-based diet because of the misconceptions and myths about this healthy diet. Some find it boring; others call it expensive. Of course, you will need to have your own reasoning to try it out. As always make sure to see the advice of your medical professional before changing any of your diets. But when you are ready to dip your toe in the plant-based living waters make sure to head over and check out some of the delicious recipes we’ve gathered :).