Myth No. 1 - It's too expensive to be vegan
It’s actually MORE expensive to incur unnecessary medical bills from dis-ease that comes from poor eating habits that include consuming “foods” that contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), antibiotics, man-made chemicals, and/or that have come to your table after suffering great pain and fear, having heard, seen, and smelled unfathomable horror in incarceration as well as at the slaughter house.
Myth No. 2 - If I don't eat meat and dairy of any kind, I'll become ill and/or die of malnutrition
According to Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2000, there are three kinds of malnutrition:
1. Hunger – meaning a deficiency of calories and protein
2. Micronutrient Deficiency – meaning we are missing vital amounts of minerals and vitamins
3. Overconsumption – too many calories and too few minerals and vitamins because the calories consumed are not nutritive (also called empty calories)
The United States has all three of these evident in our populace from the hunger of homelessness to the micronutrient deficiency and overconsumption of a majority of the rest of us. We can thank greed for all of this because greed has fueled our dilution of healthy nutrition in order to make more money from less and lesser quality. Enter addictive “foods” in the form of fast and prepackaged “foods”. Additionally, portions have gotten larger and larger, encouraged by all-you-can-eat buffets, box stores selling massive quantities for pennies per ounce, and manufacturers capitalizing on the addictive additives, chemicals, and preservatives added to foods to improve shelf life and manipulate our taste buds. Indeed commercial “food” manufacturers are just as guilty of capitalizing on addiction as the tobacco and drug industries.
Myth No. 3 - The only way to get enough daily protein is by eating meat, fish, and/or eggs
The Plant Kingdom provides more than enough protein plus additional optimal nutrients without saturated fats (see note below).
Topping Our Plant Protein Sources: Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)!
With over 20 grams for every 3.5 ounces consumed: Peanut Butter, Hemp Seeds, Almonds & Pistachios
With 13-19 grams for every 3.5 ounces consumed: Flaxseed, Tofu, Oats, Chia Seeds, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Walnuts & Soybeans
Other plant sources coming in between 2.5 and 9.5 grams for every 3.5 ounces consumed: Peacans, Lentils, Chickpeas, Lima Beans, Macadamia Nuts, Green Peas, Pinto Beans, Kidney Beans, Quinoa, Spinach, Brown Rice & Potatoes
And these are just a few examples.
There are other surprising sources of protein in grains such as wheat (ex: seitan).
NOTE: Yes, there are a few naturally-occurring plant-based oils that contain saturated fat, such as coconut oil, however, what we’re talking about here is protein and none of us goes to the pantry for a bottle of oil (plant or animal) for our main entree. Oils are used primarily for cooking and should be used minimally in any nutritional plan. The natural oils inherent in any of the protein sources exampled above is minimal in proportion to their protein and additional nutritional benefits.