(2 min read)There seems to be so many myths associated with veganism. Are you vegan curious? Has your love of animals influenced you food choices to exclude meat from your diet but you haven't quite made the jump to vegan then read on. Below are just a few myths.If you have encountered the many other myths associated with a vegan lifestyle, then we would love to hear your story. All published stories recent a free gift bag from us. We love to share with the vegan community and beyond.We too are vegan curious so we thought it may be helpful to dispel some myths.1. Don’t I need to eat meat to build muscle when I exercise? Where do you get your protein?No. It is perfectly possible to obtain adequate protein as a vegan. The vegan athletic, sports and bodybuilding movement is growing. Both men and women, demonstrating that being fit and muscular does not have to involve the use of animals.Here are some vegan sports people:
- David Haye, Boxer.
- Julia Hubbard, Athlete, bodybuilder, Olympian.
- Carl Lewis, Former runner, Olympian.
- Tammy Fry Kelly, Surfer.
- Venus and Serena Williams, Tennis.
- Jermain Defoe, Footballer.
- Scott Jurek, Ultra Marathon Runner.
2. Don’t you need a lot of willpower to give up your favourite animal products?
Otherwise know as "I could never give up cheese!" This isn’t really an issue. Many vegans were lovers of animal products before taking the plunge into a plant-based way of living, The feeling of ‘missing’ a particular food doesn’t last. The human brain quickly latches on to new sources of taste-based pleasure. There is a vast choice of animal product substitutes. High quality non-dairy cheeses like Vegusto or Daiya. Many treats traditionally made with animal products can become vegan with no noticeable change in taste – chocolate, cake and ice cream.So while you may mourn the absence of cheese on your plate at first, you will most likely find that after a short while, you’ll develop new favourite vegan foods as you experiment and try different things.3. What’s wrong with eating honey? Don’t bees make it naturally?Bees do make honey naturally. They make it because they need it. Bees have to work extraordinarily hard to produce that honey. Finding and collecting nectar, regurgitating it, dehydrating it by fanning it with their wings to concentrate and preserve it. Then storing it as honey within the hive. Bees visit two million flowers to produce just 1 pound of honey. This honey is needed to feed the hive over the winter months not for humans to place on toast! Natural behaviours are denied for bees in commercial honey farms. Bees swarm to reproduce. This creates significant genetic diversity in the population. Some conventional beekeepers prevent this process by clipping the wings of the queen. Some may kill and replace the queens to keep them young and fertile. Without a robust genetic pool bees inbreed. This compromises their ability to deal with mites, pesticides and other challenges.We look forward to hearing your stories...