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Busting the Myths About Vegetarian Diets

Myths are abounding when it comes to vegetarian eating and diets. There are so many people falling prey to these myths that it is affecting not only their eating habits, but also their lives in general. Let us take a look at some of these common myths that need to be busted about vegetarian diets.

Myth#1: Eating Plants Would Devoid You of the Protein Your Body Needs

When it comes to protein, meat does not have a monopoly over it. There is some amount of protein present in all forms of food except for sugar and alcohol. Do you know that an ounce of meat and a half cup of beans have nearly the same amount of protein in it? You can get all the protein and the essential amino acids your body needs if you add protein-rich plants to your diet, such as nuts, beans, milk and seeds. In addition to protein, you can also get high levels of potassium, fiber, magnesium, and vitamins from plants as well.

Myth#2: It won’t Fill You Up

Another common misconception about vegetarian diets is that you will always feel hungry if you only eat vegetables. If you are following a vegetarian diet and you feel hungry all the time, you may not be getting enough protein, fiber or fat. If you feel hungry after you have eaten, you can eat a handful of nuts, which are a powerhouse of healthy fats, protein and fiber.

Myth#3: Vegetarian Diets are Expensive

Many people are of the view that eating vegetarian diet is an expensive feat. This is not necessarily true. Do you know that when it comes to food, meat is one of the priciest things in the bill? Yes, nothing comes for free and there is a price tag for everything, but plants and vegetables still cost much less than an all-meat diet.

Myth#4: Meatless Diets Guarantee Weight Loss

Another common myth surrounding vegetarian diets is that you are bound to lose weight. It is important to consider that not all people who are vegetarians are also slim. If you just cut out meat and eat only processed, unhealthy foods, it is unlikely you are going to lose weight. You will not be reaping the benefits that a plant diet has if you do not indulge in healthy eating. To lose weight on a vegetarian diet, not only do you need to cut out meat, but also processed foods.

Now that you know the myths, you can plan your vegetarian diet in a much better way. Remember, there is no fast and easy way to lose weight or to be healthy. It takes time and perseverance. A vegetarian diet is just one step of the way, not the entire solution.