When Meat Eaters Should Choose Plant Based Protein: Pros & Cons
1) Vegan diet is good for your health and it’s not only healthy but also environmentally friendly.
Vegetarian diets are less sustainable because they require more resources. So if you’re going to choose a plant based protein, then you’ll need to make sure that you have enough money or time to go out and buy all the necessary ingredients for it.
2) If you want to save money, then you should consider going with a raw food diet.
Raw foods are easier to prepare and therefore cheaper. You can also get them from natural foods stores rather than supermarkets. They may cost more initially, but they will last longer since they don’t have preservatives or other additives added into them.
3) Going vegan means that you’re making a conscious effort towards being cruelty free.
Therefore, you’re helping animals too.
4) Going vegan means that you’re giving up animal products completely.
That means no eggs, dairy products, honey, leather goods (leather shoes), fur clothing (fur coats), wool clothing (wool socks and underwear), blood plasma or any other product derived from an animal.
5) Going vegan is a lifestyle choice that requires commitment and consistency.
You must stick to it and never deviate from it even for one day.
6) Turning to a plant based diet means that you’ll be able to enjoy delicious and nutritious food all the time.
You won’t have to worry about food or fear a future of starvation since plants can be grown anywhere.
7) Going vegan means that you’ll be able to contribute to saving the environment by not eating meat which increases pollution and worsens global warming.
8) By going vegan you’ll be able to enjoy endless variety of delicious food.
There are countless recipes that can be made from plants and there is no way you’ll ever get tired of eating them since they keep on coming up with new recipes all the time.
9) If you’re worried about losing muscle mass or not having enough energy, then you shouldn’t.
It is actually easier to gain and lose muscle on a plant based diet than on an omnivorous diet.
1) You may have to spend more money on your grocery shopping if you’re going vegan since plant based food tends to be more expensive than meat and animal products.
2) There is a chance that you might not get enough nutrients for the first few weeks of changing your diet.
However, as long as you’re eating a varied diet then this shouldn’t be a problem after that. You just have to make sure you’re eating enough vegetables and other foods like quinoa, amaranth, beans and legumes.
3) It may be very difficult for people who have strong connections to meat such as hunters and fishermen.
For such people it would be better to just give up meat rather than go vegan.
4) There is a chance that people may make fun of you or bully you for being vegan in which case you just have to ignore them.
5) Many people have the misconception that you need to take supplements in order to survive as a vegan which is completely untrue.
As long as you’re eating a varied diet then you should be getting everything you need. The only supplements that you may need to take are B12 and Vitamin D.
How do vegans get enough protein?
This is the most common question asked by people who are NOT vegan. It is also one of the easiest to answer.
Plants have proteins in them. Therefore vegans get enough protein in their diet. It is very easy to do so.
If you’re still worried about getting enough protein as a vegan then make sure that you’re eating the following:
2) Seitan (Made from Wheat gluten)
3) Quorn (Made from Mycoprotein. Very low in fat and high in protein)
4) Beans and Legumes (Dried or Canned are both fine).
They are an excellent source of protein. Cook them properly though.
5) There are also protein powders that you can buy from the shops or online.
How do vegans get enough calcium?
1) Almonds, Sesame Seeds and Tahini (sesame paste) are all high in calcium.
2) Beans and green leafy vegetables are also high in calcium.
In fact, most vegetables are.
3) There are also supplements that can give you extra calcium if you feel you’re not getting enough from your diet.
How do vegans get enough iron?
1) Spinach is the best source of iron.
You should probably eat a diet full of it!
2) There are also supplements that can give you extra iron if you feel you’re not getting enough from your diet.
3) You can also find iron in soybeans and other beans and legumes (except lima and kidney).
4) Cereals and bars are often fortified with iron.
5) Eating a diet that includes foods that are high in vitamin c helps the body absorb iron.
For instance, eating an apple (high in vit c) with your spinach (high in iron) will help your body absorb the iron.
6) If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding then please consult your doctor before changing your diet because you need even more iron.
Are there any health problems for vegans?
There are actually very few health problems for vegans. Most of them are either exaggerations or misconceptions.
1) ‘We need meat for vitamins like B12’
a) Many vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli have vit B12 in them. As do foods like nutritional yeast and other fortified food products.
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