Discover the myths surrounding vegetarians!
More and more people are choosing to limit their meat consumption and are eager to experience the benefits of a plant-based diet. But as in many other cases, you will likely come across many myths about this way of eating. Here are the most common "food nonsense" regarding plant-based diets!
Vegetarian Diet Myths: Plant Protein Is Not Complete
This is one of the most harmful myths surrounding the vegetarian diet. Meat eaters continue to point out the superiority of animal protein over vegetable protein, which is apparently incorrect! Proteins from plant products also contain a large amount of valuable amino acids,
including essential amino acids (such as EAAs and BCAAs). In addition, there are many plant products that provide protein. They include legumes (such as peas), nuts and seeds (such as pumpkin seeds) or grains (such as brown rice or certain types of cereal).
Vegetarian diet myths: The problem of building muscle mass
According to the general opinion, adherents of a vegan diet have great difficulty in building mass and developing physique. This is, of course, a myth, because the basis for gaining mass is above all a balanced diet and a good amount of protein. A well-formed, varied nutritional plan will help ensure you are getting optimal calories, in addition to meeting your daily needs for essential nutrients.
Physically active people should remember that regular training is often associated with increased protein intake. Olimp Sport Nutrition has created the Plant Protein Complex supplement for vegetarians and vegans, which allows you to enrich your daily diet with complete plant proteins obtained from three different sources - peas, brown rice and
pumpkin seeds. The product is completely free from any ingredient of animal origin. The supplement is available in two flavors (natural and chocolate with natural cocoa), which have been made sugar-free (the manufacturer used stevia - a natural, low-calorie sweetener derived from plants).
Vegetarian Diet Myths: Feeling Constantly Hungry
Switching to a vegetarian diet may scare you due to the lack of meat. However, it should be noted that the myth of excessive hunger in a vegetarian diet is easy to dispel. Plant foods are rich in fiber, which is known to increase feelings of fullness and help curb a strong appetite. Fiber also has a positive effect on the state of the digestive system and the work of the intestinal microflora, among other things.
Vegetarian Diet Myths: High Iron Deficiency Risk
Tofu, nuts, quinoa, dried figs or whole grains, and green vegetables are rich sources of iron in a vegetarian diet. Remember, however, that the iron in plants is not heme. The problem of limited bioavailability can be solved, among other things, by reducing oxalate intake and maintaining optimal levels of vitamin C (found, for example, in black currants, red pepper and parsley).